CES 2009 preview: Big turnout for automotive gear

CNET Car Tech anticipates new automotive electronics to be shown off at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show.

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Clarion shows off the ClarionMind at CES, a connected GPS device that gives much more than directions. Clarion

For the second year, CES devotes its North Hall to automotive technology, showing the growing interest in electronics for the car. As we would expect, stereo manufacturers such as Alpine and JVC will be showing new in-dash products, expanding the idea of what the traditional stereo head unit can do. GPS and Bluetooth hands-free devices will also have a heavy presence, with connected GPS devices making an appearance as a new trend. We are also looking forward to seeing innovative new in-car services, such as Internet radio, satellite TV, and new digital music options.

At our CNET Car Tech stage in the North Hall, we will be conducting live tests of car stereos and other car equipment. And don't miss our games, where winning at Name That Tune or Engine Karaoke can earn you valuable prizes.

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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