Cars caught in a techno storm
AUSTRALIANS have two great loves — their cars and their gadgets — so it’s no wonder the market to combine these passions is booming. Better technology and the need to communicate make in-car products increasingly popular. For communication, navigation and entertainment, there is a wave of new products designed to be used while we’re behind the wheel.
On the communication front our close relationship with our mobile phones has created a surge in Bluetooth products, given the law means we now have to operate our phones with a cradle and hands-free technology. There are also applications for your phone to enable GPS, search for the nearest car dealership or find the closest carwash.
Drivers on long trips with young children can now avoid the repetitive ‘‘are we there yet?’’ calls from the back seat with video entertainment systems complete with screens that drop from the roof or are positioned in the back of headrests on front seats.
And other advances are transforming the way we look after our vehicles, from longer intervals between servicing to dirt-resistant interior materials and hi-tech cleaning products.
— Stephen Fenech