I read the following press release this morning with increasing disbelief:
(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -06/03/2009) – When your passengers sleep as you drive, do you feel lonely? Mio, one of the leading makers of PNDs (Portable Navigation Devices), has insightfully launched its first comprehensive range of PNDs with built-in TV tuners – Mio Moov V500 and V700 range at Computex Taipei 2009 today. Featuring 4.7″ and 7″ widescreens respectively, the two devices are expected to bring a new vision to the world of navigation.
I can only assume that the Mio design team doesn’t ever actually drive at night because I can’t imagine anything more dangerous than a dashboard-mounted GPS system that is serving as a TV screen while you’re barreling along at 80mph.
You can see what they’re thinking by this product shot:
Um, please, Federal Trade Commission, do not let this product be sold in the United States any time soon. It’s bad enough when people are screwing around on their cellphones while driving at night, do we really want to encourage them to watch TV while driving so that they’re not “lonely because their passengers are asleep?”
The mind boggles.