It’s great that many car radios now sport USB ports on the front panel, but they also invite a problem. It’s easy to knock a USB drive out of the port with knees or arms, when in the car. It can lead to a damaged drive or worse, a damaged port in the radio. Verbatim and Scosche are introducing special USB drives that are shorter and that you can leave in the radio without worrying about inviting damage.
Most USB drives protrude 1 to 2 inches from the car radio (or laptop or netbook) once plugged in.
Verbatim solves the in-car problem with its Store ‘n’ Go USB Car Audio drive, which holds 8GB and protrudes only 5mm. It will come to U.S. shores next month, after debuting first in Europe last month. No word yet on U.S. pricing, but the European version sells for 18 euros or about $26.
Scosche is also planning a drive that will store 2GB and will protrude by a ½ inch maximum, it said. There’s no pricing or shipping date yet.
For more details on the Verbatim drive see here.
Source: Verbatim and CEoutlook