7 Top Advances in OEM Car AV/navigation

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Top advances in OEM car electronics this year will include car-to-car communication, a single screen showing different images to the driver and passenger, and a heads up display on the windshield according to bankrate.com. Here’s what to expect:
• GM’s Enhanced Head-up Display. It creates a display projected onto the windshield to help drivers when visibility is low. Using the car’s IR sensors in fog, for example, it would show the edges of the road as lines “painted” on the windshield.
• Audi’s GPRS/EDGE. An optional modem for Audi’s MMI navigation plus system will allow the user direct access to Google for points of interest. It will be offered in the 2011 Audi A8.
• Mercedes-Benz Splitview Technology. The screen on S-Class vehicles shows two images simultaneously—the driver sees only navigation information and the passenger can watch movies. This is not split screen.
• BMW’s Car-to-car Communication. (see video below) Using WLAN technology, this system communicates directly with other cars, allowing it to send warnings to vehicles behind it regarding traffic jams, black ice on the road or a sudden rain storm. . (BMW has been showing this off. If there’s a target date for release, we couldn’t find it). See video below.
• Kia’s UVO System—we saw it at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. It was developed with Microsoft, as was the Ford Sync; and bankrate.com calls it a Sync Lite. It gives you a hands-free system for cell phone calls and music sources. It will feature a backup camera and a 4.3-inch color touch screen display and appear in the 2011 Kia Sorrento.
• Infiniti’s Lane Departure Warning and Prevention. A small camera behind the windshield detects lane markers, and alerts the driver to an unintended lane departure. Plus it even nudges the vehicle back to safety. It is available in the 2011 M. Other manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and Audi feature similar systems.
• Acura’s Active Sound Control. (Other vehicles offer this technology as well). Acura is using two microphones inside the car’s cabin to detect low-frequency engine noise. When noise registers, the system transmits an opposing frequency through the car’s speakers, canceling out the engine noise. It is available on the TL and TSX.
Source: bankrate.com
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  1. Remember when the aftermarket led the technology revolution? This is the kind of technology that could reignite 12 volt. But it goes to the OEM’s first. How sad that the cohesive leadership needed to put the aftermarket back in the forefront doesn’t appear likely to occur.

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