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1 DIN Video In-Dash Units with GPS

Long gone are the days when the only in-dash units available for your car were basic radios. Nowadays video in-dash units are so common that many vehicles come with them straight from the factory. Not only do they allow you to play movies when you safely park, but many also include GPS navigation systems so that you never have to worry about getting lost.

1 DIN vs. 2 DIN

The term DIN refers to what was originally a German industry standard that the world has since adopted. A 1 DIN car audio head unit is 180 millimetres wide and 50 millimetres tall; a 2 DIN unit is also 180 millimetres wide but is 100 millimetres tall. In most cases, you can mount a 1 DIN unit in a 2 DIN slot without difficulty, but you cannot go the other way around.

1 DIN Video Units

While most in-dash car video equipment follows the 2 DIN standard because it has more room for the screen. However, not all vehicles have room for a 2 DIN unit, which is why 1 DIN video in-dash GPS units with DVD players are such popular aftermarket accessories. Most come with a retractable screen that slides out of the way when not in use, and slides out and over the dash when you want to see something.

GPS Advantages

The biggest advantage of an in-dash GPS unit is that you can use it while driving without running afoul of the law. Even though most mobile phones include GPS receivers, you can't take advantage of them unless you have a commercially produced mount attached to your vehicle. Because in-dash GPS units are something you install into the car, you can use them without the need for an additional mount.

In-Dash Video

While the ability to watch video in your vehicle can be a great way to pass the time when you're not driving, there are some legalities you need to be aware of. First, not only is it illegal to drive while you can see the screen, it's also illegal to drive with a screen positioned so that it might distract other drivers as well.

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