San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Las Vegas – Pioneer is getting a head start on its 2013 car audio product lineup with the launch here at the SEMA show of five single-DIN CD players, five double-DIN multimedia head units, 11 speakers, four subwoofers and three amps.
Long Beach, Calif. – Pioneer will go the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas next Tuesday to host its first AppRadio Hackathon, which is designed to promote the development of apps for Pioneer head units equipped with AppRadio technology.
The touchscreens of AppRadio-equipped heads units control compatible apps on cable-connected iPhones.
Long Beach, Calif. – Pioneer has tested the iPhone 5 with its current car stereo head units, found incompatibilities with select models, and hopes to resolve the issues, marketing VP Ted Cardenas told TWICE.
Although the iPhone 5 is compatible with the majority of Pioneer’s 20 current head units, five models are incompatible in a variety of ways. Those head units are the AppRadio, AppRadio2, and three heads with Advanced App Mode: the AVIC-X940BT, AVIC-Z140BH, and AVH-P8400BH.
Daytona Beach, Fla. — SBN Expo Group scheduled the 27th installment of its annual Spring Break Nationals for next March in Daytona Beach.
However, the company will hold the event a little earlier in the month than last year to fall between the Daytona 500 Race and Bike Week.
The three events’ demographics overlap, and the new time period will help capture revelers who will be in town for the other events, the company said.
Tampa Bay, Fla. – Pacific Accessories Corp. (PAC) continues to expand its selection of RadioPro OEM-integration kits.
The kits combine several SKUs into one to integrate aftermarket car stereos into a vehicle’s data bus without losing factory safety, convenience and communications functions, including OnStar and steering-wheel audio controls, PAC said.
The latest kit is the $229-suggested RP5-GM32, designed for 29-Bit GM data bus systems with 44-pin harnesses in select 2012 and 2013 GM vehicles.
Long Beach, Calif. – Kenwood said it expects Apple’s 30-pin-to-Lightning adapters will resolve incompatibility problems between select aftermarket autosound head units and the eight-pin Lightning connectors on Apple’s new iPhone 5, seventh-generation iPod Nano and fifth-generation iPod Touch.
Nonetheless, Kenwood is waiting to test the Apple adapters when they become available this month before confirming compatibility, said product manager Rick Noetzli.
Tampa Bay, Fla. – Pacific Accessories (PAC) has developed an OEM-integration module that simplifies the installation of aftermarket head units in GM vehicles.
The module does this while retaining all factory safety, convenience and communications system functions, including OnStar and steering-wheel audio controls.
New York – Some autosound suppliers have begun to work through challenges posed by Apple’s new eight-pin Lightning connector and new iOS 6 operating system.
Other suppliers have found no compatibility problems, and still others are testing their products to determine compatibility.
Hauppauge, N.Y. — Dice’s MediaBridge and Universal 200 OEM-integration kits work out of the box with Apple’s new iPhone 5, the new iPod touch and nano, and older iPhones upgraded with iOS 6, Audiovox announced.
For years, more stations transmitted a digital signal than there were HD Radio-equipped cars.
Now, the automakers are ahead of broadcasters, rolling out more cars equipped with advanced HD Radio receivers that feature dynamic visual displays.
For a variety of reasons, broadcasters have been slow to embrace the advanced data features that can make a radio display resemble its competitors, like satellite radio or Pandora, in the dash.