Cars caught in a techno storm

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

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

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