Coolest In-Car Entertainment Systems (ICE)
During the last decade, car manufacturers have been keen to adding sophisticated car entertainment systems that are able to playback video and audio media, connect to internet radios, assist the driver with satellite navigation, and provide an overview of the health condition of car components and parts. In this post, we take a look at the vehicles that boast the most jaw-dropping in-built entertainment systems with no regards to the cost of the car.
1) Volvo XC90
The new XC90 that was launched during the previous year features Volvo’s “Sensus Connect” infotainment system. This system is basically like having a 9.5-inch tablet mounted vertically on the center of the cockpit, and in easy reach for the driver and the passengers. The interface is clear and easy to use, the LCD screen can be read at a glance, and the displayed information includes temperatures, fan and heating settings, the owner’s manual, service messages, navigation, and audio sources. The user can navigate the intuitive interface by touching the items on the screen, and by swapping them right or left.
2) Chevrolet Malibu
Every Malibu car that is bought in 2016 is equipped with Chevrolet’s new “MyLink” system. This new system is literally packed with features as it offers phone integration, navigation, multimedia, and even the ability to activate a 4G LTE Wi-fi hotspot in the car. The interaction is done through a comfortable touchscreen interface, while it also supports voice commands which are especially helpful when driving alone and there’s no one in the vehicle to “find that station” or “change that setting”. Finally, Mylink can read your text messages to you, can tell you the weather conditions, and supports online music streaming services like Pandora.
3) Audi Q7
When Audi invested on buying Nokia’s “HereWeGo” GPS navigation app, everyone was sure about what was going to come in the latest models of the German manufacturer. The first car that is empowered by the navigational awesomeness of Audi’s new “MMI” system is the latest Q7. The MMI boasts some intuitive operation features like handwriting recognition, integration with Apple CarPlay, support for phone calls, and a virtual dashboard with a complete cluster of instruments. All this greatness if given to the passengers through a high-resolution 12.3-inch touch display. As for the navigation, the MMI offers Google Earth mapping in addition to the Nokia’s HereWeGo.
4) BMW i8
BMW’s i8 is the epitome of 2016’s technological advancements, and a model like this one wouldn’t and couldn’t possibly be complete without a futuristic infotainment system. Of course, BMW has you covered on that part with their amazing “iDrive” system that is considered to be maybe the best among everything that is available in the market right now. Telephone, navigation, dashboard, radio, media, HUD, 3G connectivity and SIM card support, there is literally nothing that is missing from this system. The most important however is that the interface has been gradually developed for many years now through previous models, and it now works essentially perfectly, something that you won’t find in other more “buggy” implementations.