OT: Evolution of the car radio - Saab General Bulletin Board - Saabnet.com
NG900 & OG93 |
Vintage Models |
Clubs & SOC |
Other Cars |
Books Movies & Music |
Member Photo Galleries |
Member Directory |
*Buddy Registry |
*Mileage Registry |
What's New |
Photo of the Month |
Car radios used to be strictly a radio. Then they became a limited feature stereo with the addition of a tape deck. Then they became a nearly full function stereo with the addition of tape and CD and input jack. Then they added video displays with onboard GPS, and finally inputs for hands-free cell phone use
Now they are more of a video display with a docking station, both wireless and hard-wired. I am not certain some car radios even have a self-contained tuner anymore, and I doubt any have a tape or CD player.
Personally, I would rather have the GPS totally separate from the phone. Trying to use one device for both has resulted in too many dropped traffic directions because a worthless call came in just as a critical turn was being described. Refusing to answer the call does not help.
My old TomTom is incapable of further map updates, and I received two days notice that an upcoming automatic GPS renumbering update would have rendered it useless on Saturday if I did not immediately load a patch which allows continued use - at diminished capability - for a while longer.
Guess I will be buying a new TomTom as I have had poor experience trying to use multi-function smart phones for detailed GPS instructions. I hope the new GPS will accept my custom splash screen.
->Posting last edited on Thu, 4 Apr 2019 17:50:06.
2008 9-5 Aero Sedan
2006 9-3SC 2.0T
2000 Viggen Convertible
2000 9-5lpt Sedan, sold at 318K miles
Posts in this Thread:
Post a Followup
No Site Registration is Required to Post - Site Membership is optional (Member Features List), but helps to keep the site online
for all Saabers. If the site helps you, please consider helping the site by becoming a member.
This is a moderated bulletin board - Posting is a privilege, not a right.
Unsolicited commercial postings are not allowed (no spam). Please, no For Sale or Wanted postings, SERIOUSLY.
Classifieds are to be listed in The Saab Network Classifieds pages.
This is a problem solving forum for over 250,000 Saab owners, so expect to see
problems discussed here even though our cars are generally very reliable. This is not an anything goes
type of forum. Saabnet.com has been a moderated forum since 1988. For usage guidelines, see the
Saabnet.com Mission and Purpose Page. Please remember that you are
not anonymous. Site Contact | Site Donations | Other Sites by SP -
Your address is: 18.104.22.168 - Using CCBot/2.0 (https://commoncrawl.org/faq/) - Logged.
Site Members do not see red text instructions, bottom of the page anchor ads, or box ads.
Click here to see all
the Site Membership Benefits!