Need a cappuccino maker in your SUV?

Al & Ed Autosound customizes cars, from audio to video games.

Toyota FJ Cruiser with video game.
Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

How about a video game in your FJ Cruiser? Or just a kickin' audio system in whatever you drive? Toward the end of our first day at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we stumbled across the Al & Ed Autosound booth. This custom installer goes far beyond merely upgrading stereos. Founded in 1954, the company can do to a car just about anything that a customer wants and can pay for.

CNET photographer in Sinister 6.
Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

In its booth, the company had a GMC Yukon Denali modified with sideboards that automatically lower when a door is opened. The Denali also had a cappuccino maker between the two second-row seats that automatically hides away in a center console. A Toyota FJ Cruiser was equipped with a 32-inch LCD television mounted in the rear hatch, complete with an Xbox 360 mounted right underneath it. Our photographer Corinne Schulze also got to take a seat in the Sinister 6, a BMW 6-series car that's been modified beyond all recognition.

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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