The advantages of having a touchscreen receiver
A large touchscreen receiver might seem like a splurge initially, but it should instead be viewed as an investment. The large screen will no doubt look great on the dashboard, but it will also allow you to view a variety of information without having to completely take your eyes off the road. What's more it provides the option to expand and add features such as GPS navigation or a rear-view camera.
Rear-view camera adds to the car's safety
A rear-view camera coupled with a double-sized car stereo acts as a safety feature for the car, and turns the camera into more than just a tool you use while parking your car or backing out of a tight spot. It makes it possible to keep an eye on what's behind your vehicle at all times, thereby acting as a preventive measure against accidents. The field of view is significantly wider than what traditional rear-view mirrors offer, which also ensures that you don't have to turn around for a better view.
Cameras equipped with motion sensors provide an additional layer of safety. It will alert you to moving objects – vehicles, people, and pets – behind or to the side of your car. These objects will be outlined on the screen and the movement will be tracked till they remain within the purview of the camera. Audible alerts of increasing frequency will inform you when the objects are getting closer to your car.
Large display improves the entire driving experience
To begin with in comparison to the stock two or three inch displays that most car manufacturers provide, a large display greatly improves visibility of the host of information on offer. With the built-in displays you find yourself squinting at the screen to make out what's on view, which distracts you from the road ahead. Larger displays mean the icons are bigger and split-screen becomes a viable option as well. Let's take a look at some of the other benefits.
Ease of access
First and foremost a large touchscreen display makes the process of navigating the menu a breeze. The large icons are easy to tap, unlike on smaller displays where you end up tapping on a button you didn't intend to. Searching for a song on your iPod or a contact on your phone or opening the EQ settings for the audio player become an intuitive process.
Consulting a map on either a regular GPS navigator or on your phone while driving can be cumbersome. The small screen size forces you to pull over and consult the map, before resuming the journey. A large screen display will make the process smoother by allowing you to check if you're headed in the right direction without having to bend over and remove a hand off the steering or take your eyes off the road.
You can connect your phone to the car stereo for hands-free conversations, and a large display will allow you to make video calls. Caller information will also be visible more clearly, so you will know if it's an important call or not instantly.
Radio broadcasts are great during monotonous commutes. A double-sized receiver adds to the experience by providing an array of information about the song, including album art and details of the station it is being broadcast on, besides the usual such as name of the artist, name of the song and album. Just like an online shopping wish list you can also mark songs you like and later buy them on iTunes or other compatible platforms.
Dual zone audio experience
If you travel with your family a lot, especially kids, then the dual zone option available on certain touchscreen receivers can be a boon. It separates the speakers at the front from those dedicated to the rear seats, which allows both sets of passengers to have unique audio experiences. So, while you may listen to the news on the radio or attend an important call, the kids can listen to music or watch a movie at the back.
There are a variety of touchscreen receivers available in the market - some with built-in navigation feature, while others sport rear-view cameras with motion sensors. While purchasing a car stereo keep the benefits of a touchscreen receiver in mind, and match them to your requirements before making the final decision. You can also get in touch with us and we will help you pick up the right one.