The smartphone-like car mirror

If you're jealous of new cars that have touch-screen navigation and a backup camera, you might be able to even the score.

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This one was just a matter of time.

I've not yet performed a hands-on test on the clumsily named CTMD43 from Intraphex, but it places a 4.3-inch smartphone-like touch-screen on the left half of the mirror; it fades away when you don't need it for full-mirror use. You can see it in action here; as of this writing it was not posted to the Intraphex site yet.

When it's on, you see a touch- and voice-controlled nav system that is largely the same as in some current Subaru cars: functional, if not state of the art. It will also show the optional rearview camera when you're in reverse.

If you have a hot spot in the car, the mirror will connect to it, allowing Google search for places to navigate to.

At $900, the list price is steep, so shop for a deep discount. Shops will be the main point of purchase for this mirror, but you know how things get out for sale on the Internet, and I bet it isn't too hard to install.

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Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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