Car technology and GPS offerings varied wildly at CES 2010, but looking back, it's easy to see a few trends emerging.
2010: The year of the connected car
2010 will go down in the history books as the year that the internet finally came to the car. However, what's more important is just how automakers choose to use that robust data connection. One such solution came in the form of this Chevy Volt smartphone app.
While Visteon's demo was more of a proof of concept, Ford was displaying the real deal with a new Sync apps platform and a new interface called myFord Touch that will debut in production vehicles later this year. We were so impressed with this new tech suite, that we picked it as our Best of CES winner in the Car Tech and GPS category.
The AVIC-X920BT gave Ford's myFord Touch a strong run for its Best of CES money, with Pandora Internet Radio connectivity, an upgraded driving economy tracker, and a plug-in called MusicSphere that creates custom playlists based on mood.
The SafeDriver and EconoDriver are key fobs that do more than just hold your keys together. These little devices connect to a wireless OBD-II reader to tell you how safely and how efficiently you're driving.