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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.
New York – Satellite-radio broadcaster SiriusXM will provide OnStar-like telematics services for Nissan vehicles, the two companies announced.
The cellular-based telematics system will also be a stepping stone to offering personalized in-vehicle entertainment services, SiriusXM said.
Tempe, Ariz. - Rockford Corp. will go to the 2012 SEMA Show to display Blaupunkt-brand car audio head units, amplifiers, speakers, and Bluetooth modules to potential distributors.
Blaupunkt headphones will also be on display.
The SEMA Show is scheduled for Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Las Vegas, where Rockford will exhibit at the Residence Inn near the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Earlier this year, Rockford picked up North American distribution rights to the Blaupunkt brand of car audio/video and headphone products.
Tempe, Ariz. — Lightning Audio announced it will ship its LA-Three car audio subwoofer line in November.
The LA-Three 10- and 12-inch, 800- and 1,000-watt, 2- and 4-Ohm DVC subwoofers feature dual linear spiders with multipoint stitched 16 AWG tinsel leads that improve mechanical stability under high excursion and reduces mass, stress, and strain over a greater area, the company said.
Cypress, Calif. – Clarion added hands-free control of Facebook and Twitter to its transportable Next Gate in-vehicle iPhone controller, which can be added to any vehicle.
The $269-suggested iPhone controller uses a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen to control iPhone music playback and control compatible iPhone apps. The compatible apps display a user interface and graphics on the touchscreen.
Grapevine, Texas — Pioneer went to the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) KnowledgeFest to launch a 2013 single-DIN CD receiver lineup that expands smartphone connectivity to Android smartphones for the first time.