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Cars are becoming more and more technologically sophisticated, because customers these days demand the latest and greatest gadgets.
While complex infotainment systems have become a norm, the future points an arrow towards configurable gauge clusters. Jaguar already has such a system in their XJ luxury sedan, and now Audi is looking to offer an even more advanced version of such a system in the next generation of their TT-model, which will be out by 2014.
Unlike Jaguar, Audi is looking to offer their advanced, configurable cluster on only their sporty models, citing that luxury car buyers prefer the chronograph look.
Audi’s system will comprise of a thin film transistor (TFT) flat screen display which a customer can modify to show maps, as well as configure the look of the instruments according to their taste. In short, the iPad generation will love it.
[Source: Car and Driver]
If you don’t have the room on your dash for a GPS system (as that’s prime dash bobble-head area) or you’re afraid of it getting stolen, then having the unit built right into your vehicle’s visor is the solution you’ve been looking for.
This is a brilliant idea especially for those who like everything in their car streamlined – and don’t like anything popping up on the dash to distract them. Sure, it may feel as if it’s blocking your line of sight, but that depends on the size of your car’s windshield and visor. But keep in mind that this gadget kills two birds with one handy stone – it keeps the sun out of your eyes and it shows you how to get to where you’re going.
Okay, so it’s not on the market just yet, but a concept is a good start. One crafty driver decided to take matters into his own hands by making this unique GPS system his own. The GPS is embedded within the car’s visor with aluminum and seamless mounting. This setup makes it seem like the handy pull-down GPS visor came standard from the manufacturer. And once you get to your destination, just flip the GPS visor up to keep it out of sight – and out of the hands of sticky-fingered thieves!
[Source: Coolest Gadgets]