CES 2010 isn't just about pocket-sized gadgets. Cars are becoming increasingly connected devices, and auto-makers realize that the future of their industry lies in greater integration with growing tech trends. That's why Ford's president and CEO will be delivering an opening keynote speech. In addition, the new Ford Taurus has been declared the official care of CES 2010. The show promises to highlight in-vehicle technology advances, like Location Based Services (LBS), portable GPS improvements, in-car video, wireless technology and other navigation advances.
In-vehicle technology is far from a 'niche' market. Sales are expected to exceed $9.3 billion in 2009. Companies like Directed Electronics, Dual Electronics Corp., OnStar, InstallerNet Inc., Kenwood USA, Kia Motors, Metra, Mitek, Pioneer, and Scosche will all be in attendance. CES 2010 will show us the latest in-car TV and media devices, as well as new technology that aids in auto collision avoidance, parking, land drift, speed monitoring, and even driver drowsiness detection. New advances with hands-free technology will also be shown off.Ford, GM and Chrysler will all be debuting mobile WiFi systems as well. In the near future, we'll be able to say goodbye to long, boring car trips without a reliable Internet connection. CES 2010 will also bring a lot of talk about how to safely integrate entertainment devices and how to minimize distractions to the driver. New GPS devices will be in attendance, and there will be a conference discussing the future of the technology.
CES 2010 is going to shine a big spotlight on 'driving connected'. The goal of most of the auto-makers here seems to be turning cars from disconnected transportation devices to wireless gadgets that are chock full of utility as well. While the driver won't be able to benefit from many of the entertainment options, we all benefit from the increased safety things like auto collision detection bring to the road.
CES 2010 will start on January 7, 2010 and lasts until the 10th. Of course CES news is already pouring in. Read about it in our CES 2010 section.