CES 2009 preview: In-car entertainment steps up a gear

For the second year running CES will devote its North Hall to automotive technology, highlighting the growing interest for electronics in the car.

For the second year running CES will devote its North Hall to automotive technology, highlighting the growing interest for electronics in the car.

Last Clarion revealed its MiND or Mobile Internet Navigation Device. What will CES 2009 bring for in-car entertainment? (Credit: Clarion)

As one 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 several connected GPS devices slated to make an appearance. We are also looking forward to seeing innovative new in-car services, such as internet radio, satellite TV, and new digital music options, although only the latter seems to be really relevant for Australians.

If you happen to be in the city of neon meadows then come visit CNET's Car Tech stage in the North Hall where we'll be conducting live tests of car stereos and other car equipment. And don't miss our games, where winning Name That Tune or Engine Karaoke can earn you cool prizes.

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