• Feb 20, 2009
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MEC) wants to be able to offer a 1 DIN Blu-ray DVD player in the 2009 fiscal year. The unit, 1/3 the size of an at-home Blue-ray player, will not only fit in a standard dash slot but will also play BD-ROM, BD-R, and BD-RE discs.
MEC says the kit is expected to go along with in-car navigation systems, but since it runs on Linux it remains to be seen how – and who – will be integrating it with the Windows CE that generally runs navigation software. If and when they do get it to work, they want to bundle it with a TV tuner that can display digital terrestrial broadcasts at up to 120 mph. Because when you've finished watching Transformers 2 at illegal speeds, you'll need something to do... other than drive...

[Source: Tech On via Engadget]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of pointless IMO, you can get 8gb onboard flash for a lot cheaper than bluray hardware and it will be much faster for navigation purposes. I still haven't figured out the point of having a dvd player / playstation / chandolier etc in my car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yet another example of more distracting content added to cars, while increasing the cost and complexity of the cars at the same time. Keep it simple, it's a car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most. Worthless. Device. Ever.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Everyone is holding on to their cars, we need to make them CRASH!!!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe it's for people that don't want to buy two discs in order to be able to watch a movie in their cars and at home. Why would you guys react negatively to this? Blu-Ray is the standard hard storage format. I've never actually needed any movie player or large data storage in a car, but I'd probably refuse to buy a car right now that included a DVD reader and not a Blu-Ray reader. DVD is dead. Its replacement format has been selected. The longer we hold onto DVD, the more confusing and inconvenient it is for everyone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ya, because when I watch movies in my car, I want to be sure I'm getting the HD experience on my 7" screen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most 7" screens don't have more than 480 lines of resolution. So your 1080 lines of resolution (HD) only has 480 lines to be displayed on. It will look no better than a 480 line source....which is what standard DVD is.

      -Chosen1
      • 5 Years Ago
      you do not need a 50 inch TV to see the difference between dvd and Blue Ray. I have a 37 1080p and when I use my ps3 to watch a movie, this looks way better than watching a simple dvd in my old dvd player. the ps3 also plays dvd's but I just wanted to compare the two. a 50 inch TV would look nice from distance but the 37 inch screen will look better from closer. so basically anything that is HD wil benefit from blue ray players. I still do not see why to have a blue ray player on your car. Unless there is a car that needs no driver, I will not recommend it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, manual transmissions are on the way out and in-car blu-ray on the way in. Exactly what we all want. :-/
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess if you need to navigate other planets you might need the space.
      • 5 Years Ago
      in-dash Blu Ray player?
      It mean, watching movie in car front?

      dispersion of driving attention -> car accident.
      • 5 Years Ago
      listen to hypermiler. Although the benefits of HD are only seen at above 20" actually (meaning 720p or 1080i), benefits of 1080p are only seen over 50". Bluray is encoded so it can play all 3 resolutions based on the player. If this player plays 720p or 1080i itll look maybe 10% better on a 10" screen than a normal dvd player on the same size screen, if that
      • 5 Years Ago
      mmmmm, I guess but if the intent is for navigation flash memory is cheaper by the day.
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