Car Electronics at CES
The Eclipse AVN2454, a double-DIN infotainment system allows problem areas to be programmed out and "must travel" routes to be programmed in. Kenwood's systems continue to show both 2D and 3D route views. And Clarion's AutoPC Cadias, billed as an "in-vehicle information terminal," gets map and routing data via cellphone links to navigation servers, opening the door to real-time traffic info as an influence on its route decisions.
Speakers were pretty much the usual round of super-duty subwoofers, dome tweeters, coaxes, and so on. But there were exceptions. From NXT came word that its unique panel speaker technology was finally about to appear in automotive applications; but that technology may be largely OEM because of the way the panels can be custom-molded to specific body curves. S3i sound showed its Terfenol-D magnetostrictive transducers that produce sound from solid surfaces. And Precision Power had a processor that uses MaxxBass technology to simulate deep bass response convincingly from ordinary door speakers.
In the mobile area alone, there was too much tech to absorb. So Case Logic's booth was a refreshing change. No, they didn't have a garage-sized case I could put my car in, but they did have a new line of in-car organizers, some to hang cell phones and small TVs on, others to tuck maps and miscellany neatly away on the console, under the seat, or in the trunk. Yeah, there's always room for more stuff in the car, but it's nice to have someplace to put it.