on Monday updated its automotive iPod unit, the Drive + Play. First released in 2005, the Drive + Play 2 adds many features that makes the system easier to use and navigate while driving.
Drive + Play 2 now includes a wireless control knob, which makes setting up the device in your car much easier. The new version also includes a color screen, which has been upgraded from the older grey scale screen in the original model.
The unit now recognizes the current song selection and plays more, or less, songs in the library from that particular artist, album or genre as selected. For safety while driving, Drive + Play 2 features voice prompts, allowing users to hear what menu they are currently browsing.
A Bluetooth adapter and embedded microphone provide hands free cell phone use, while A2DP technology streams digital music from a phone to the Drive + Play 2 using the Bluetooth connection. A Sirius satellite radio adapter is also available.
The Drive + Play 2 will ship in Spring 2007 and will cost $399.95.