Tablet computers will change road trips

One of the big push for carmakers in recent years has been in-vehicle entertainment. Having a video player in the back seat so kids could watch movies has become a critical component of cars and minivans aimed at families.

But now with the explosion of gadgets like smartphones and tablet computers, you wonder whether in-car wi-fi will become even more important in the coming years.

Even younger kids now expect gadgets like the iPod touch, and many families will now have multiple tablet computers. The iPad is still a huge hit, and now you have newer and cheaper entries like the Amazon Kindle. So instead of having the kids fight over which movie to play in the back seat, each kid can entertain themselves with their own movie or TV show. This is particularly true as kids get older.

But it’s not limited to kids. Guys love to play poker and some women love things like bingo. So if you have wi-fi in the car, your son can be playing online chess or poker with friends while your wife is playing online bingo. You daughter meanwhile might be streaming a vampire movie on Netflix. Anything is possible.

Of course this raises safety issues as well, as we need to make sure drivers don’t participate! That’s where Pandora comes in handy . . .


Nissan Launches “My Versa Road Trip” Social Media Campaign

Nissan is excited to announce the launch of the “My Versa Road Trip” social media campaign for the all-new 2012 Versa Sedan!, a Facebook Connect enabled website, is a destination where users can create their own trips by selecting routes, choosing their soundtrack and inviting Facebook friends to come along.

Entrants can submit their trip, telling Nissan why their online journey should be made into a real one and share it with their social networks. Six winners will be selected this Fall to embark on their proposed road trip, AND win an all-new 2012 Versa Sedan! Entry period for “My Versa Road Trip” runs through October 19, 2011.

Nissan is also partnering with comedian Adam Carolla, to promote the vehicle and road trip campaign with a light-hearted, humorous approach. Adam will be featured in a series of videos showing why he decides to change his name to ‘Adam Versa’, his own road trip around his hometown of North Hollywood and a “Hypothetical Road Trip Game” with Larry Miller.

The Versa Sedan, on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide, offers the most legroom, headroom, trunk room and technology per dollar than any other car in America, making it a facilitator of great experiences!


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