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Driving Digital: In-Car Tech Sales to Top $9 Billion

Ford CEO Alan Mulally will anchor CES 2010, consumer electronics’ annual extravaganza.

by on Sep.21, 2009

“Sales of in-vehicle technologies are expected to top $9.3 billion this year,” notes Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Association.

“Sales of in-vehicle technologies are expected to top $9.3 billion this year,” says Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Electronics Assn.

From cheap, aftermarket navigation systems, to the 2200-watt multimedia/audio system in the new Bentley Mulsanne, the car is becoming the mobile equivalent of office or living room, with in-vehicle technology sales pushing past $9 billion this year, despite the economic downturn, according to an industry trade group.

It’s probably no surprise, then, that senior auto industry officials have served as keynote speaker at the electronics industry’s top trade show, for the last four years.  And Ford CEO Alan Mulally, who was keynoter at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, will return as opening speaker at the January 2010 CES.

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“We’re seeing the convergence of the technology and auto industries,” noted Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, which operates CES, the biggest trade show held in Las Vegas, each year.

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Is Satellite Navigation About to Crash?

GPS network may start to fail by 2010.

by on May.20, 2009

Whether built-in or purchased aftermarket, GPS navigation systems are becoming ubiquitous - but the satellite network that makes them work could soon fail.

Whether built-in or purchased aftermarket, GPS navigation systems are becoming ubiquitous - but the satellite network that makes them work could soon begin to fail.

“Please, turn left in one-quarter mile.”

By now, almost anyone with an automobile has become familiar with satellite navigation.  It’s made it possible for motorists all over the world to find remote and obscure locations – and forget how to get to the nearest 7/11 on their own.

Each year, more and more cars come factory-equipped with “navi” systems, and countless more drivers opt for the windshield-mounted, aftermarket systems that have become some of the most popular gifts at Christmastime, according to retail expects.  There are also handheld systems, and even some of the latest smart cellphones, such as Apple’s iPhone, rely on the network of up to 32 mid-orbit satellites that constantly broadcast precise signals that, by comparing several signals simultaneously, can be used to predict location, altitude, time and velocity.

But what happens if the satellites start to fail?  That’s a potential problem that could begin to become reality as early as next year, according to a new U.S. government report. (more…)