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.
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Kia future technologies
Kia showed off a number of future technologies, such as haptic controllers and digital mobile television.
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.
To the minuscule TomTom Ease, which brings advanced features such as TTS to an entry-level price point.
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Garmin EcoRoute HD
Garmin's GPS offering wasn't a portable navigation device, but an add-on module that connects your current Nuvi to your car's computer and sensors.
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Although best known for its radar detectors, Escort displayed a GPS solution at CES. The Entourage is a security device keeps track of your car's position on the web when you're away from the wheel.
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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.