Friday, March 31, 2006
Gadgets and Gizmos: Cars
This is not your father's automobile. If you're content commuting just listening to the radio, be prepared. The comforts of home can now be found in your car. Seven's Tom Haynes has the green light on the latest Gadgets and Gizmos.
WSVN--You don't have to be on Route 66 to get your kicks.
Today, it doesn't matter where your'e going or where your from... The automobile industry is turning in a new direction.
Forget Fred Flinstone using his feet.
Today, cars are as much about convenience as they are transportation.
And in case you haven't taken a look, they have as many buttons as the batmobile.
Now if you're looking to go into overdrive on the road of life, you of course need the right music.
Well you can now integrate your iPod into your radio without being distratcted while driving..
The company Harman-Kardon has come up with an easy to use controller and screen so it's simple to find your favorite tunes.
Jason Foy: "You can pretty much mount it anywhere where it doesn't obstruct your ability to drive safely."
If you're going on a road trip, refreshments aren't a bad idea.
But now, you can leave that bulky cooler at home.
When you plug this mini-fridge into your cigarette lighter, it not only keep your drinks cold but your food hot.
And remember when Knight Rider would talk to his car?
Well, those days aren't too far off.
We've all seen GPS systems.
But Hewlett-Packard has gone the extra mile.
It's Pocket PC does more than take notes.
By adding navigational software, the new I-Paq will give you directions, popular attractions, and help you steer clear of speeding.
Kelly Stirling: "It also has the speed alert. If you want to make sure you're not exceeding the speed limit. If you want to program which speed you would like to be alerted."
Today, you can also know what's wrong with your car before the mechanic.
Thanks to the car code, you don't have to rely on the dashboard or a misdiagnosis.
Instead, this machine explains exactly what's causing the problem without even lifting the hood.
David Schaar: "On any given day, there is between five and 10-million check engine lights on in this country. It's definitely a helpful tool as a starting point to fixing a car."
And finally, every driver knows a dead battery can be frustrating.
But you can say goodbye to jumper cables.
This box will charge your battery in minutes using the car's power socket.
Plus it can also be a portable power source for cellphones and other devices with an adapter.
A true indication, that when it comes to cars, the future is now.
Just how hi-tech have cars become?
Well the next time you're in the market, consider some vehicles can even park themselves.
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