Sony XAV-602BT AV Centre Head Unit
Most higher-end cars these days come with an LCD display unit to control navigation, phone, music and some vehicle functions.
For those driving a more basic and cheaper vehicle without such a feature, Sony has an AV head unit that connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, thus adding a whole new range of functions for the driver.
They include navigation, music and apps that the smartphone may have.
Users have to download App Remote (on Android and iOS) to integrate the head unit with the smartphone. Once that is done, many of the smartphone's functions can be accessed via the 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen.
The head unit also accepts voice commands, minimising driver distraction. As most smartphones can play downloaded or YouTube videos and music, this device can also function as an entertainment centre. For better sound, the AV head unit has 4x52-watt output and can be connected to the car's sound system.
This is an interesting and useful device which not only enables fun stuff to be done, but also enhances the driving experience and safety. What's more, the driver no longer needs to peck at a relatively smaller smartphone screen.
How much: Available next month, price to be announced
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