It was bound to happen and here it is: the first Blu-ray player for the car. Audiovox will ship the $349 device at a target date of July.
The Blu-ray player is aimed at families with large libraries of Blu-ray discs at home who want to use them in the car. It comes with a front panel USB input and IR remote.
It measures about 8 by 7 by 2 inches and may install under the seat or elsewhere including the trunk. It connects to a car monitor via HDMI, composite or component outputs, and plays both DVD and Blu-ray discs.
Audiovox’s new MultiView Cam back up camera is billed as the first to give you both audible and visual alerts for pedestrian detection. Also due to ship around July at $299, it gives a range of different views behind the vehicle including the ability to “peer” around corners to avoid pedestrians or bicyclists. When you back out of a parking space in the mall, it helps avoid a collision with a car coming down your parking row.
The CAM430MV beeps audibly when a pedestrian or cyclist is detected and also shows a visual color coded warning in green, yellow or red to display how close the pedestrian is to the car. It will be offered through CE retailers and car dealers.
A third new Audiovox device, just now shipping, lets you add remote start or security to a car with keyless entry, without requiring a special key/transmitter at $279. You can use your car’s standard key fob to control remote start and security.
All were shown at CES Unveiled in New York City last night.