Car manufacturers have always been at the forefront of technological developments. After all, cars are one of the few purchases we don’t throw away every six months, so the need to be at the crest of tech is a key issue for automotive consumers. Where once high end brands such as Mercedes and BMW would be at the forefront of in-car technology, many manufacturers have cottoned on to providing top tech for drivers and the current crop of available features is practically space age compared to those that were featured on cars in the past.
I’m sure many of our readers can recall the time when an in-car tape deck was the epitome of technological progress! Being released from the shackles of radio was a huge development, though compared to the entertainment options on offer in cars today, the humble tape pales in comparison. IPods, mp3 players and phones can now be connected via auxiliary cable to most recent cars, massively opening up the entertainment options available to travellers.
With smart phones, tablets and the like now a forming a huge part of many people’s daily lives, it is now also possible to have a Wi-Fi connection set up for the use of passengers! This is naturally pretty big news, especially for digital natives. The car was, up until a couple of years ago, one of the few places the internet could not reach, but now the development has thrown up a huge number of possibilities for car-owners.
Games can now be played; Uptown Aces for those that love a little excitement; word games that can be played against friends and family; even shoot-em-up games can now be enjoyed, occupying otherwise restless kids in the back and affording mum and dad a well deserved moment of silence!
Having screens located in headrests or that drop down from the car’s ceiling isn’t a new development, though today’s screens are far better than the tiny, low-resolution monitors of yesteryear. HD, blu-ray-enabled screens now exist, and some even have support for games consoles to be plugged in- great news for kids, big and small! In-car entertainment systems used to generally come with the car, straight from the showroom, however now even second-hand car owners can enjoy the benefits of screens and TVs.
Plenty of manufacturers now produce headrest or drop-down monitors that one simply affixes to the car, mounting to the seat or car ceiling. These are notable for being far cheaper than buying entertainment extras when one buys the car itself.