Next: PCs in Cars

Taiwanese electronics maker BenQ Corp. is developing PC products to be used in automobiles, catching a ride on the trend to combine computers with cars.

The company is researching several products, but so far has nothing ready to formally announce, said a BenQ representative.

Since more new cars are equipped with a display panel for use with GPS (Global Positioning System) to help drivers find their way around, it’s now more possible to add increased PC functions inside a car, the BenQ representative said.

At the earliest, the company would announce new products for the automotive sector at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, according to the BenQ representative.

CES will have special exhibition space set aside for auto related products, including its Automotive Aftermarket section, and the Digital Car/Telematics section, devoted to mobile electronic components, navigation devices, software or hardware integrated into vehicle systems and other products, according to the CES Web site.

By Dan Nystedt, IDG News Service

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