Competition in automotive technology has long been about who's got the most horsepower, the best towing capacity or the fastest acceleration. These days, though, it's all about having the slickest infotainment systems and most-connected cars.
The shift in focus from what's under the hood to what's behind the dashboard has brought a largely covert war to the auto industry over the operating systems that will control these gadgets. As in the smartphone biz, the battle line is between proprietary and open source software. The outcome will determine what these systems look like...
Audiovox this week announced the retail launch of the Car Connection Telematics device. The device, which is meant to let consumers "monitor, manage and maintain" their vehicle, runs on the Sprint wireless network.
The device is offered at two prices points: $19.95 one-time activation plus $9.95 per month, or $19.95 activation plus $89.95 per year.