When purchasing a new vehicle in the past, we mostly based our decision on price, economy, performance, utility, versatility, safety and space. Today however, a major deciding factor especially for younger buyers, is the standard In-Car Entertainment that vehicles come equipped with. For those of us who aren’t looking to trade in our vehicles just yet, a simple audio/visual upgrade won’t just improve our driver experience, but also increase the value of our cars.
In recent years, popular television shows like MTV’s Pimp My Ride boosted sales and interest in acquiring top-of-the-range in-car entertainment (ICE). And as a result of the cost of audio and visual devices dropping and it being more freely available, many car owners are pimping their own rides according to their personal taste and requirements.
In-Car Audio Entertainment
Car audio systems have certainly come a long way from the old radio/tape players of the 80s. Today we’re spoiled for choice with a variety of audio components that provide crystal clear sounds for driver and passenger enjoyment alike. These include radio/CD systems, best 6×8 speakers, subwoofers, amplifiers, auxiliary inputs, USB inputs, iPod connections and wireless technology such as Bluetooth stereo streaming.
In-Car Visual Entertainment
Going hand-in-hand with audio hardware is a variety of visual components such as LCD screens/monitors. The convenience of playing DVDs while travelling doesn’t just make it easy for parents to keep the little ones amused, but also allows for passenger entertainment on long-distance journeys.
Another major benefit is that of Satellite Navigation screens which has changed the way we travel with onboard visual display ensuring that we get to our destinations both safely and quickly.
Gaming Consoles and Internet
Most modern gaming consoles installed in vehicles are also compatible with other media such as DVDs and CDs. In-vehicle internet access is also becoming increasingly popular, making it possible for passengers to access their email, play casino games or even strike it lucky on slots at well-known online and mobile casinos.
The sky is of course the limit when customising your vehicle’s interior to fit your desired In-Car Entertainment system as Nissan proved recently. The Japanese auto manufacturer partnered with Ministry of Sound in 2012 to create the Juke Box. The project required a mammoth 150 decibel, 18900W sound system with custom-built cabinets to be designed to perfectly fit inside the Nissan Juke, without of course compromising sound quality. The result? The creation of what they termed to be ‘The Ultimate Sound System on the Road’.