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CeBit: say hurrah for the safe in-car computer

An in-car PC that should be safe in an accident is being shown off at the CeBit IT trade show. Bormann's CarPC system is an all-in-one keyboard and display that links to a cushioned laptop container that sits in the boot.

It's one of those things one sees on Tomorrow's World every year, on the pieces that start with the words: "You've never been able to use a laptop in the car without worrying it'll kill you in a crash… until now." Bormann claims to have rigorously tested the device on crash test dummies to make sure users aren't injured by it in a disaster.

The in-car PC has never really taken off, and the closest it's come so far is in the form of dashboard units fitted in more expensive cars that act as on-board navigation units. Bormann's CarPC will probably end up in more police cars than private cars, but it is a solution that appears to work and keep you safer than perching a notebook or portable on your lap.

However, the use of the phrase "crash safe while using" on the company blurb didn't exactly fill PC Advisor with confidence.


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