By Lisa Johnston
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands — TomTom is launching its first own-brand GPS sports watches, due this summer in the U.S., and a revamped lineup of portable navigation devices (PNDs), due sometime later in the U.S.
U.S. prices and ship dates weren’t disclosed.
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Boston — Luxury-audio start-up AudioXperts is expanding its staff again with the creation of the new position of manager of international sales support.
The company said it appointed Jakob Jespersen to the new position to further strengthen its relationships with international distributors and expand the company’s specialty-dealer network. Jesperson will develop, implement and manage customer support programs for the distributors and retailers.
Stamford, Conn. — Harman International Industries announced it has acquired iOnRoad Technologies, maker of the augmented-reality driving app with the same name.
The app runs on a variety of platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows and Linux, and is expected to help Harman strengthen its “leadership in global infotainment systems and services for leading automakers, and accelerate the rollout of new [advanced driver assistance system] functionalities,” Harman said.
Troy, Mich. – Aftermarket car electronics retailers are getting some competition from cellular carrier stores.
A new Delphi Automotive device, available exclusively through Verizon Wireless stores and the carrier’s web site, lets drivers use a smartphone, tablet or PC to track their vehicle, remotely start it, and read the vehicle’s diagnostic codes, among other things. Delphi positions it as a “first-in-class” device that delivers telematics and location-based features without having to buy a new car.
Schaffhausen, Switzerland – Market-share gains in Garmin’s portable navigation device (PND) segment could not offset declining industrywide PND sales in the fourth quarter, helping drive down Garmin’s fourth-quarter consolidated sales by 16 percent to $768.5 million.
Garmin also posted fourth-quarter sales declines in its outdoor, aviation and marine GPS segments, though fitness-segment revenues grew.
Concord, Mass. — TomTom plans spring availability of its next-generation portable navigation device (PND) for motorcycles.
The $299-suggested Rider, available in the spring, provides bikers with more options to create a customized route. Its 4.3-inch glove-friendly screen has been improved for use in rain and in bright direct sunlight. A new charging dock turns Rider on and off with the bike’s ignition.
Bluetooth is available to send voice instructions to a user’s headset.
LAS VEGAS – TomTom upgraded its cellular-delivered HD (High Density) Traffic service with improved real-time detection of traffic incidents and more accurate time-of-arrival estimates, thanks to a major expansion of the number of vehicles tracked in real time to 76 million from a year-ago 3 million, the company announced.
The 6.0 version of HD Traffic “is able to report the location and length of traffic jams on highways five times more accurately than the previous version of TomTom HD Traffic,” the company said.
Las Vegas – Select 2014 Toyota and Lexus vehicles will become the first vehicles later this year to display real-time traffic-flow and incident information delivered via HD Radio.
More automakers plan to announce their plans for the technology in the coming months, HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital announced.
Toyota entered into a three-year agreement with Clear Channel’s subscription-free Total Traffic Network (TTN) service to receive real-time traffic plus weather information from The Weather Channel.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Magellan expanded its selection of PNDs for RV users with the line’s first 5-inch model, which is targeted to RVs with smaller dashes.
The RoadMate RV5365T-LMB will be available in January at a suggested $299 through Magellan's consumer electronics and online retailers. It will join the company’s 7-inch RV selection, which was expanded in May.