As a child, I remember seeing limousines and other fancy cars with little delta wing antennas mounted on the trunk. Somehow, I learned that these were television antennas, and that meant that the people inside were probably watching a little Sony TV. I thought it was pretty cool, though I imagine the programming options were limited and the reception questionable at best.
Now it seems that your minivan is not complete without at least one LCD TV display, and preferably two or more. This allows your little darlings to not only watch movies and play video games while on the road, they don’t have to suffer through watching the same content as their sibling in the next seat.
Not even King Knute could stem this tide of progress, I suppose. And US Telematics has announced the debut of its Voyager service that will deliver streaming video and other content to your car. The system uses wireless broadband connections, either EVDO or WiMax, to transmit IPTV content. The systems come with VGA-resolution panels, so it’s not HDTV yet. Some configurations will even turn your chariot into a mobile WiFi hotspot so you can get your email and access the Web while on the road. So now you can have all the comforts of home entertainment while you travel.
How long will it be before families forget how to sing “The Wheels on the Bus” together?