Broadcasting consultant Mark Ramsey comments on a report from Harve Alan that Volkswagen and Intel are partnering to bring internet services to the dashboard of the former's vehicles, saying:
Link: hear2.o. Amen.
Along these same lines, NPR's Mike Starling provided me with a link to Azentek's entry into this space. Azentek describes itself as "an automotive OEM specializing in onboard computer technology tailored for safe use in your vehicle. Link: Azentek.
And Consumer Reports has a report on Blaupunkt's entry. Link: Consumer Reports.
Of course, if you have an iPhone, or one of Nokia's media-enabled phones, or any of dozens of others that support audio and IP access, you already have this in your car. I've written in this space a number of times about my mobile IP listening. With the iPhone and any of a number of radio apps available for it such as the Public Radio Tuner (later post), it couldn't be easier.
And I continued to be tantalized by the USB connector on my Jeep's nav/sound system. There's no reason why we couldn't have one of those 3G wireless sticks with a hybrid HD Radio and IP radio tuner on board that would plug into the dashboard unit. I'm tempted to say, if it can be done, it will be done. But the CES and broadcasting industries need to think out of the box for that to happen.