by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach
With 2007 just under way, one thing that's certainly changing for the better is automotive technology. And this year, Vegas is proud to host the largest consumer electronic show in the world. Since 1967, CES has been the launch pad of technology, and this year there are over 2,700 exhibitors showcasing their products and more than 150,000 people are expected to attend.
From navigation tools and satellite radios to Bluetooth speakers and tire pressure technology, here are my picks for the top vehicle gadgets at CES 2007.
The Magellan Crossover GPS is a one-of-a-kind waterproof device that goes from the car to the great outdoors. It provides both turn-by-turn driving directions and point-to-point outdoor navigation so you don't get lost during activities like day hikes, mountain biking or fishing. Users can add marine charts and fishing hot spots to the preloaded street maps and topography maps, plus they can add real-time traffic alerts with automatic rerouting around traffic incidents. www.magellanGPS.com
The Sony Ericsson's HCB-100 is a hands-free device that requires no installation and makes it easier than ever to comply with the law. This Bluetooth enabled speaker simply clips on your visor and allows you to make and take calls without holding the phone up to your ear. It even auto-pairs with your Sony Ericsson phone for no fuss and hassle and functions as a wireless speaker phone for impromptu meetings. www.sonyericsson.com/us
XM Satellite Radio's SKYFi3 is the first satellite radio with removable memory, which means it has a slot for a two-gig MicroSD card for MP3s. It stores 10 hours of XM programs in internal memory. It also has a rechargeable battery for portable use, and you can listen to it in the car or home. The SKYFi3 is manufactured by Delphi and lets you pause and replay the live XM Radio programming. It has a 30-minute buffer for pause and replay. www.xmradio.com
With the PressurePro Tire Pressure Monitoring System, available for all types of vehicles, you can check your current tire pressure with the push of a button in your vehicle. It alerts to low tire pressures automatically, and can help keep you and your family safe. www.advantagepressurepro.com
OPTIMA Batteries, noted for their six-pack design and colored tops, have a full line of Yellow Top batteries to fit vehicles ranging from tuner cars to domestic sport compacts and import SUVs. These advanced technology batteries last up to 2x longer than a traditional battery, provide a higher level of electrical output and a steady voltage supply to a vehicle's electrical system. www.optimabatteries.com
The SeV Fleece 4.0 is the best fleece jacket available! This Gear Management SolutionT offers 12 pockets and compartments to stow and organize your gear and our patented Personal Area Network (PAN) allowing you to both carry and use your cell phone, MP3 player and other personal electronic devices. The jacket is perfect for an active lifestyle with removable sleeves, so you can wear it as a vest. www.scottevest.com
Now go out and get some fun toys for you and your auto.