On the eve of CES 2008, Sony Electronics added two new portable navigation systems to its lineup: the Sony NV-U73T and the Sony NV-U83T. Both models focus on safety and have text-to-speech technology, nearly 5 million points of interest with branded icons, and preloaded maps of the United States and Canada. They're equipped with SiRF StarIII GPS chips, but the units also have a feature called Position Plus that includes pressure, gyro, and acceleration sensors, which should provide for more accurate positioning even when driving through tunnels and in between tall buildings. In addition, you can perform certain functions … Read more
The onslaught of new car stereos continues on the first day of action here at CES with another trio of single-disc receivers from Panasonic. The CQ-RX400U, CQ-RX200U and CQ-RX100U all come with front-mounted auxiliary input jacks for connecting digital audio players, while the top-of-the-range CQ-RX400U features a USB 2.0 port for playback of audio from iPods, flash drives, and other generic mass storage devices. The CQ-RX400U and CQ-RX200U can be connected to Panasonic's external module for XM/ Sirius Satellite radio; and Bluetooth hands-free phone calling. All three devices feature a 4 x 50W (max) amp and a 3-band … Read more
Panasonic expanded the range of its in-car multimedia offerings today here at CES 2008 with the unveiling of two in-dash DVD players. The single-DIN CQ-VX100U and double-DIN CQ-VW100U both feature 7-inch wide-screen LCD monitors with touch-screen capabilities. Both systems support DVD and DivX video formats as well as CD and MP3 audio formats. Both systems are also expandable to accept inputs from TV tuners; iPods (including video iPods); external video sources (including rear-view camera inputs); and satellite radio. They will both ship in February with a price of around $600.
Proving its commitment to the aftermarket stereo market, Pioneer today unveiled a dozen new in-dash car stereos. The 12 new stereos offer a range of connectivity options, ranging from the ability to play compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA and AAC discs, to support for USB sources, iPods, HD Radio, and Bluetooth hands-free calling. For systems with iPod connectivity, Pioneer has improved the user interface and menu navigation to more closely resemble that of the iPod itself, while adding some extra navigation features, including alphabetical search, iPod passenger control (which gives car passengers the ability to search for music … Read more
Pioneer used the first morning of press conferences here at CES 2008 to unveil the latest in its range of AVIC in-car navigation devices. The touch-screen AVIC-F500BT dubbefd "LINC" by Pioneers engineers, follows the recent in-car "hybrid" trend of combining the flexibility of a portable navigation device with the audio integration of an in-dash system, while providing some innovative voice-recognition capabilities. The system, which has built-in GPS and mapping data, Bluetooth, and USB and SD-card playback capabilities--can act as a standalone portable navigation and media device or can be connected to any car stereo with an … Read more
The official kickoff to CES 2008 is still a few days away, but some companies are creating preshow buzz by making some early announcements, including Pharos. This morning the GPS manufacturer unveiled Pharos Trips & Pics, a geo-logger that brings GPS capabilities to your digital camera. Available later this month for $89.95, the kit includes a Pharos iGPS-500 receiver and a pocket-size battery unit that you take with you on your trip, allowing you to record such details as time, location, heading, and speed. You'll also be able to define how often you want the receiver to log … Read more
The 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show is the first one to dedicate an entire hall to automotive-related tech. The convergence of in-car entertainment, communications, and information promises to continue in 2008 with the release of whole range of in-dash and portable device capable of providing GPS navigation and playing multiple media formats.
For portable navigation systems, the market is as hot as ever, helped in part by dropping prices and increasingly feature-rich devices. We reviewed quite a number of handheld navigation devices in 2007, and we've found that when it comes to the core navigation functions they all offer … Read more
This will be the third year that the Consumer Electronics Association has asked CNET to judge the Best of CES Awards. Before we start the nominations for 2008, take a look back at what won us over last year.