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Auto electronics developments for 2007 models include hard disks for nav systems and thermoelectric heated and cooled cup holders.
From the Boston Auto Show, we continue our look at some of the auto electronics developments car makers have in store for the 2007 models.
Hard disk drives (HDDs) are coming into their own for automotive use. Infiniti's G35 has an HDD navigation system which can be updated at the dealer via a Compact Flash slot in car's instrument center stack. The 30 gig drive is also portioned for 9.5 gigs of music storage. The nav function also has optional XM Satellite Radio traffic updates. Chrysler's new Sebring design uses a 20 gig HDD for its navigation system.
For being cool or hot, depending on your point of view, the Sebring has twin cup holders that use thermoelectric elements to heat or cool the contents of your drink. Temperature of the holders can range from 140-35F.
In the hybrid electric drive area, Nissan announced a hybrid version of the Altima for sale next year. The car will feature Toyota's hybrid architecture.
A button just inside the open rear hatch on Ford's new Edge crossover electrically unlatches the rear seats to flip them down for extra room when loading cargo. The Edge also has a "slot" to hold a driver's iPod.