OverDryve Car Tech Is The Chicago Auto Show Stealer

Posted: Feb 15 2016, 10:15am CST | by , Updated: Feb 15 2016, 10:20am CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

OverDryve Car Tech is the Chicago Auto Show Stealer
Credit: Rand McNally
  • OverDryve Dashboard Tablet is the 2016 Chicago Auto Show Stealer

The low cost infotainment and security technology by mapmaker Rand McNally is truly impressive.

The 2016 Chicago Auto Show was the platform to introduce a series of new cars. However the most buzzworthy unveiling at the show is not a car but car tech.

The mapmaker Rand McNally just showcased his all-new in-car gadget at the Chicago Auto Show. The gadget brings a full suite of the latest high-tech infotainment and safety features. The system can even be used for older cars for less than the cost of a brake job.

The tech called OverDryve consists of a slick seven-inch touchscreen. It comes with voice-command controlled seven-inch tablet device. The device attaches to a car’s dashboard via a proprietary magnetic mount.

The unit is worth only $400 and being demonstrated by the Rand McNally’s CEO Stephen Fletcher himself. Observers of OverDryve have been buzzing about the impressive features of the tech.

OverDryve is being showcased at an exhibit to the back of McCormick Place’s mammoth South Hall, according to Forbes.

OverDryve effectively takes over for a car’s existing audio system. It connects the head unit via either an auxiliary cable or an FM radio signal.

The signal is said to be far more stable than the unreliable and common adapters. The tech also includes a built-in speaker as an added bonus. Additionally an FM radio tuner is present to receive over-the-air broadcasts.

The tech can also stream stored music and Internet radio services like Pandora. All OverDryve needs is to be attached via a Bluetooth-connected smartphone as a hot spot.

OverDryve also makes and receives phone calls and text messages on a hands-free basis. Furthermore OverDryve contains its own built-in commercial-grade GPS receiver for navigation purposes. It is an all-purpose smart assistant in the car.

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