Directus will unveil at the SEMA show in November a “Prodigy One” telematics device that can put the Internet on many car screens using your own smartphone, your own WiFi or 3G USB dongle or a dongle purchased from Directus.
Basically, Prodigy One looks like a small cube with lots of input and outputs. It has a central brain and the basic functions of built-in navigation, back up camera input, media player and Internet browser. Then you can add optional modules for Bluetooth, or 3G or WiFi. You can even add a radar detector and GPS tracking.
The unit has an Aux AV input and 2 USB inputs to attach your portable device.
The Prodigy One works with many OEM factory screens and aftermarket LCDs with dedicated cables. It will enable touch screen control of all the above features including Internet browsing on your radio screen as shown in this video.
The first version of the Prodigy One is an all-in-one package for the Volvo XC-90 that includes a motorized screen. It lets consumers add navigation and Internet browsing to the car and its aimed at Volvo owners who didn’t purchase the factory multi-media/navigation package for $4,000, says Directus. The kit comes with its own pop up dash screen with multi-touch control and all cables for $2499. Installation takes about 2 hours with a 3-wire connection. It goes on sale today.