Garmin Back-Up Camera and GPS Combo. Courtesy Garmin

Garmin Back-Up Camera and GPS Combo. Courtesy Garmin

CES is underway and the excitement this year seems to be focused around cars and car-related gadgets. A few highlights so far:

  • There was an announcement of the launch of the Open Automotive Alliance, a group (Audi, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Google and NVIDIA) planning to bring Android’s open development concept to vehicles. According to the Open Automotive Alliance website: We’re dedicated to accelerating innovation in the car with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale. We believe that a common platform will help drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone.
  • Several automakers at CES have opened up their cars to allow developers to create apps to add new technology to cars. Not too much different than what we’ve seen with smartphones.
  • BMW showcased how they can control the i3 EV using Bluetooth through Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
  • Audi debuted a “book-sized” circuit board capable of driving a car, called zFAS, according to MIT
  • Ford is equipping vehicles with systems that collaborate with smartphones to allow drivers to listen to music and stay in-touch on the road
  • GM has plans to give vehicles 4G high-speed broadband. It is also installing weather, music and vehicle health apps that can be seen on an in-dash screen.
  • Garmin debuted a new GPS, the Nuvi 2798LMT (in photo), which is the first Nuvi to include a wireless backup camera.
  • Last week we told you about the CES debut of the Ford C-Max Solar Energi Car, which can run up to 21 miles on sunshine alone.
  • Magellan released a new device that merges a GPS navigator with a dashboard DVR camera. It’s called the Roadmate 6230T-LM DashCam.

There are still a few more days left at CES and we are excited to see the new car technology that has yet to come!

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