I was waiting for this year’s CES show to see what is available for a car stereo/navigation system for my new car.
It looks like there are some cool new things this year…
Realtime Traffic Map
Alpine and Pioneer have navigation systems that overlay realtime traffic data on your navigation map (data includes traffic speeds, accidents, etc.) and can automatically re-route you for the fastest path though it all. The traffic feeds come from satellite via XM Radio’s NavTraffic system. This is something I wanted, in fact I blogged about it a few months ago.
Alpine Finally Updates Navigation System
It’s finally touch screen compatible. As you can see here, their current navigation system requires a remote. Was totally stupid if you ask me.
Eclipse Updates Their Navigation System
I really like the form-factor of the Eclipse decks because it’s a double-DIN unit (the others are single DIN with a motorized monitor that pops out). It has a built-in 30GB hard drive with the navigation data taking 10GB of space. Which means you get 20GB to store your music. Unfortunately they don’t support XM radio, have an iPod interface or support the realtime traffic data.
Pioneer Gets iPod Adapter
Pioneer’s rumored iPod adapter arrived. Now Alpine and Pioneer both have one. It would be cool if they supported the ability to display cover art on the main deck.
Now, there are two things I want to know…
1. Why in the hell doesn’t Alpine or Pioneer come out with a double-DIN sized deck?
2. Why doesn’t anyone come out with a bluetooth phone control unit?