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Seattle – Automakers are stepping up their smartphone-connectivity options with the launch by BMW and Mini Cooper of in-dash Amazon’s Cloud Player control for iOS smartphones.
The capability is available in BMWs and MINI Cooper vehicles from model year 2011 and up.
The launch follows the integration of Amazon Cloud Player in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles earlier this year.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Oxnard, Calif. — Scosche Industries is now shipping one of its Custom Kit, Factory Fit install kits for 2011 and newer Honda Odysseys.
The HA1715B is designed for installation of an aftermarket head unit, and will accommodate either an ISO single-DIN mount with pocket or an ISO double-DIN mount. It comes with a pocket for single-DIN applications and reuses factory mounting brackets.
The kit is made with high-strength ABS/PC material, contoured to match the factory dash and painted black to match the factory color, the company said.
Chicago – Cobra Electronics reported higher sales, but slightly lower net income for the third quarter, ended Sept. 30.
Net income was $394,000 as compared to net income of $564,000 for the third quarter of 2012. In addition, there was operating income of $124,000 for the current quarter compared to operating income of $304,000 in the same quarter last year.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer has begun shipping five double-DIN multimedia DVD receivers, five single-DIN CD receivers, and its first two mechless head units in years, all with a variety of new smartphone connectivity features.
Hauppauge, N.Y. — Audiovox Electronics has revamped its tech-support website with additions specifically for its authorized 12-volt dealers.
The site, which can be accessed at AvxTech1.com, features vehicle wiring and fit information on more than 27,000 vehicles with hundreds of vehicle-specific fit and wiring location photos
Arlington, Va. — The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) scheduled Nov. 9-11 for this year’s CarTech Demo Days, a nationwide campaign that encourages consumers to visit retailers to learn about the latest aftermarket technologies for the car.
Vista, Calif. – Car security brand Viper has made its first foray into the home security market with Viper Home, a self-installing app-based home monitor that can be controlled by a smartphone.
London — MirrorLink and Apple’s iOS In The Car will be the dominant smartphone-connectivity technologies used in OEM in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems shipped in 2018, but other smartphone-connectivity technologies will also be used, ABI Research forecasts.
Schaffhausen, Switzerland – GPS supplier Garmin posted a 4 percent decline in consolidated sales in the third quarter to $643.6 million and a 5.2 percent drop in operating income to $151.8 million.
Thanks to an income tax benefit of $26.9 million, third-quarter net income soared 33.7 percent to $187.7 million.
Sales declined in its auto/mobile and outdoor segments but rose in its fitness, marine, and aviation segments.
Vista, Calif. – DEI Holdings CEO Jim Minarik has assumed direct responsibility for the company’s Directed car security and remote-start business following last week’s departure of Directed president Mike Simmons to pursue other interests.
The company hasn’t yet assessed whether a replacement for Simmons will be named, Minarik told TWICE.
Simmons was with Directed for five years and became president almost two years ago.
Minarik said he is “excited about getting re-engaged” with the security and remote-start business.