In car entertainment

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An aftermarket ICE system in a Toyota
A movie on a Multi Media Interface, in the backseat of a 2014 Audi A8

In-car entertainment ('ICE), or ' (IVI), is a collection of hardware devices installed into automobiles, or other forms of road transportation, to provide audio or video entertainment, as well as automotive navigation systems. This includes playing media such as CDs, DVDs, Freeview/TV, USB or other optional surround sound, or DSP systems. Also increasingly common in ICE installs are the incorporation of video game consoles into the vehicle. Systems can be stand-alone add-ons, part of the OEM controls, or a combination of the two.[citation needed]

Car audio[edit]

Main article: Car audio

The term "car audio" describes the specific application of sound generation within ICE.[citation needed]


Main article: Carputer

Carputers are specially adapted computers, designed to operate in a car environment.[citation needed]


Main article: In-car internet

Internet is an increasingly popular option in cars. According to a study by market researcher Invensity, by the year 2013, every new car built in Europe will be equipped with Internet connection.[1]

Safety concerns[edit]

Policies regarding in car entertainment systems are less developed than cell phone usage laws regarding similar distractions in cars. In the United States, 10 states, D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands prohibit all drivers from using handheld cell phones while driving. Additionally, 39 states, D.C., Guam and the Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. However, few states have developed laws to limit the content that drivers can view on in car entertainment systems.[2]

Still, researchers are beginning to analyze the potential impact of distracted drivers on the roads. Charlie Klauer, a researcher at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, says that drivers who look at screens have a much higher risk of crashing. Furthermore, the risk of crashing rises exponentially the longer a driver has taken their eyes off the road.[3]

Automotive companies like Ford and Audi contend that they have tested and revised their latest systems in order to reduce the amount of time that drivers spend looking away from the road.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cars Get Internet Connection, Study Says". European Business Press. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2014-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Cellphone Laws". 
  3. ^ a b "Distracted". NY Times. 2010-01-07.