Car Electronics at CES
Video screens seemed to be dropping from the sky, or at least hanging from the headliner of half the SUVs in the show. The screens keep getting bigger and bigger: Emerson Mobile had a 20-incher, the MT-2800TN, with built-in TV tuner. Since the kiddies in the back don't call for Casablanca much, a growing number of screens are formatted for today's wide-screen movies.
Plenty of screens are tucked into front-seat head rests, too. An interesting variant was Audiovox's HRDV700; tilting one of the paired screens forward reveals a vertical DVD slot, low enough so that small rear passengers can load their movies while still belted in.
Most of the majors and some lesser-known players had in-dash units with pull-out screens, mostly acting as control, radio or navigation displays while the car was moving. Pioneer's N1 also tapped into the cars' data buses to display aspects of performance such as forward and lateral acceleration. And Proton showed an aftermarket screen designed to pop up from the top of a dashboard.