The rise of in-car technology

In 1929, American Paul Galvin, the head of Galvin Manufacturing Corporation, invented the first car radio. Customers were required to purchase the radio separately with the car as the first car radios were not available from car makers. Imagine how many people would cause a riot if they were told today that their car radios have to be purchased independently! Its hard to believe just how far we've come since then.

Here at the Fleet Beat Blog we love hearing about all the gadgetry in new cars these days and we love to write about it as you may have seen in our previous post, mobile apps changing the way we drive or our recent blog post on driverless cars. Smart phones are now standard for many Australians but it may not be too long before smart cars follow suit - and we're not talking about the funsize European toaster on wheels either.

As you can imagine it really grabbed our attention when we saw that British car manufacturer Range Rover is teaming up with the mighty Apple. The Range Rover ultimate edition - or so their new car line is called, will feature fitted iPads as standard.

Yes, that’s right folks. Passengers of high-end vehicles who already enjoy use of DVD screens can now look forward to iPads instead. Hard life, huh. Range Rover better be crossing their fingers too that this move pays off as I can only imagine the cost of getting Apple on board for such a project.

This move is only one of many really as almost every day you hear of cars with some new interactive/electronic functionality available and more and more they are coming as standard in new models.

You only really have to look to Holden as an example of a brand leading the way when it comes to incorporating technology as standard in vehicles. Their Holden-iQ system now comes as standard across all new Commodores. The Holden-iQ system offers controls for music (via several different mediums), telephone and satellite navigation. I'm sure it wont be too long before several other brands are launching their own versions of the same system showing us just how far we've come from paying for radio...

Do you know of any new in-car technology that could make waves in the industry? Please share below!

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