Seat-Top Rear-Seat Entertainment System on Buick Cielo Concept Car at New York
Delphi Rear-Seat Audio/Video System Fits on Top of Back Seat for
Maximum Flexibility and Portability
Buick Motor Division's Regal Cielo concept vehicle features Delphi Automotive
Systems (NYSE:DPH) Communiport® brand Seat-top
Rear-Seat Audio/Video System, shown here today at the New York Auto Show.
Based on the 2000 Buick Regal, the Regal Cielo is a potential
limited-production convertible. Delphi's entertainment system fits on the top of
a rear bench seat to offer ultimate flexibility and portability for aftermarket
applications. The system, which can be played in or out of the vehicle, will be
marketed through original equipment manufacturers and auto dealers, with pricing
and availability information to be announced at a later date.
"Rear-seat entertainment systems are part of the hot trend in bringing
mobile multimedia systems into vehicles," said David J. Bastin, director,
marketing, Delphi Delco Electronics Systems. "These systems are especially
popular with the growing market segment that is purchasing sport utilities and
vans. However, this system is so versatile that it fits almost any car or truck
with a rear seat regardless of size."
The Communiport® Seat-top Rear-Seat
Audio/Video entertainment system allows rear-seat passengers to play Digital
Versatile Disc (DVD) movies or plug-in game platforms.
The Delphi system is designed for easy installation and removal. The
entertainment system can be installed in seconds by securing the console unit
with a seat belt on the middle seat position on the rear seat and plugging a
power cable into the cigarette lighter power source.
A 7-inch diagonal color display flips up from the console to show movies or
"These systems are great for families with children," said Dr.
Robert W. Schumacher, director, Mobile MultiMedia Business Group at Delphi Delco
"Rear seat entertainment systems certainly help resolve the problem of
being asked every five minutes - 'are we there yet'
With this Communiport® system,
entertainment does not have to stop in the vehicle. The lightweight system can
be easily carried into a hotel room or home to continue viewing movies or
playing games. The 20-inch long by 8-inch wide console also provides storage
space to keep headphones, game cartridges, DVDs and other accessories. The audio
video control board is designed to prevent damage and contains recessed
headphone jacks, volume controls and game inputs. The DVD player accommodates
DVD videos as well as standard music CDs.
The entertainment system is compatible with video game stations and uses
standard audio and video inputs to the A/V control board. The DVD player also
offers slot loading for convenience. An infrared remote control is included with
the system for even greater convenience. In addition to the Seat-top Rear-Seat
Audio/Video system, Delphi also plans to market a floor mount integrated seat
module and integrated headliner rear-seat entertainment system.
Delphi continues its aggressive growth of its Mobile MultiMedia business
line, Bastin said. Since June 1998, Delphi has booked more than $2.9 billion in
business for its Communipor® line of products
that include vehicle, smart head (audio) units, telematics (GPS navigation and
wireless telephones) and rear-seat entertainment products. The contracts run
between now and 2005.