Power in cars

IT Week’s Lem Bingley shares my frustration about the lack of power sockets in cars. Ideally I’d like to plug in my Bluetooth GPS unit, my ancient Tungsten T PDA (pressed back into service as a dedicated sat nav using Navman software, but with atrocious battery life), my T-mobile MDA Pro (phone and pocket PC, bulky but brilliant) and occasionally either mine or my wife’s MP3 player and my Jabra 250 headset. If we buy one of those gadgets to listen to your MP3 player on the car radio then that will also need to be plugged in.

That’s two items minimum and ideally six items.

Even with my socket tripler (£5 from a car boot sale) I can’t do it. And it looks a terrible mess dangling from the dashboard, not to mention I’m sure it’s an electrical fire hazard.

Lem has loads of links in his post, so I haven’t bothered

Does anyone have a solution?

3 Replies to “Power in cars

  1. Sure: stay at home. After all: it's way too dangerous to drive a car and use all those gadgets at the same time… Was this at all helpful? 😉

  2. Heather Yaxley PhD – Dr. Heather Yaxley, founder of Applause Consultancy and Greenbanana is passionate about sustainable careers, reflective practice and professional development. I am a rhizomatic consultant, educator, practitioner, historian, writer and scholar. As a qualified academic, I lead CIPR professional qualifications with PR Academy and have experience teaching at various Universities. Former director of the Motor Industry Public Affairs Assocation. Proud to have been awarded my PhD for innovative research into Career Strategies in Public Relations by Bournemouth University in 2017. I'm a published author, with several books, chapters and academic papers to my name - and many more to come.
    Heather Yaxley says:

    Stuart, You should check out all the stories about in-car IT emerging from this week's Auto Show in Detroit. In particular, Ford and Microsoft are partnering up (which may be good or bad). Japolnik and Autoblog both carry the latest news.

  3. Funny reading this because one of the last things I was involved with in the last job was a design competition my client was sponsoring. The winning entry was a power adaptor. Unfortunately not for production, but your post gave me a sense of deja vu.

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