By Lisa Johnston
New products on display at the American International Toy Fair, held in N
Arlington, Va. — In-vehicle technology was an important factor when purchasing a new vehicle within the past year for more than half (59 percent) of online U.S. consumers of driving age, according to research released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
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Schaffhausen, Switzerland – GPS supplier Garmin posted a 1 percent decline in fourth-quarter sales and a 3 percent full-year decline but increased net income in both periods by 26.5 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively.
Sales in the North America region were down 3 percent for the quarter and 5 percent for the year.
Las Vegas – More aftermarket car-audio upgrade packages are being tailored for use in specific vehicles with the vehicle’s factory radio.
At International CES, Harman unveiled vehicle-specific aftermarket upgrade packages tailored for specific vehicles in various countries. The first system for a U.S. market vehicle is intended for the Jeep Wrangler and will be JBL-branded.
Rockford expanded its selection of vehicle-specific systems under the Match brand.
Las Vegas The Volvo Car Group announced the launch of its Sensus Connect, an onboard infotainment and navigation solution that is built on Ericsson’s Connected Vehicle Cloud.
The onboard experience will combine connected services, infotainment, navigation and audio, including the first ever solution utilizing built-in connectivity supported by Pandora Internet Radio.
Las Vegas – Scosche is introducing the magicMOUNT system of cradle free magnetic mounts for car, home or office.
Users apply the magicPLATE directly to their device and hover it over one of Scosche’s new magicMOUNTs to securely lock the smartphone, tablet or GPS into place, the company said.
While BMW, Google and even Bosch demonstrate fully automated self-driving cars, French automotive technology company Valeo announced its more specific Remote Parking and Automated Valet Parking technologies, along with the production readiness of its Traffic Jam assistance technology.
CES 2014 Las Vegas – Three in-dash A/V navigation systems launched by Alpine are the company’s first in-dash head units with HDMI inputs to display video stored on MHL-enabled Android phones and on the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c.
The three are also the company’s first head units compatible with Automotive Data Solutions’ iDatalink Maestro modules, which connect to factory databus systems to retain OEM-infotainment features that would be lost when the factory radio is replaced.
CES 2014 Las Vegas - German engineering meets Silicon Valley was the theme of Monday's keynote presentation, hosted by TV actor Kunal Nayyar, star of the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”
"The word automobile actually means self moving," Nayyar explained, before introducing Gary Shapiro, president/CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, and Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management of Audi AG. The pair drove onto the stage in a chauffeured Horch, suggesting that the concept of a "piloted" vehicle once meant a hired driver.
CES 2014 Las Vegas – Toyota will begin selling a “reasonably priced” hydrogen fuel-cell electric car in 2015 in California, the automaker announced at International CES.
Toyota said it will announce more details about the car in the coming weeks and months, including U.S. sales targets, the vehicle’s name, and comprehensive specifications and performance data.
CES 2014 Las Vegas – Dual Corp. came to International CES to launch six new head units under its Axxera brand, including the brand’s first three DVD-receivers with MHL-enabled HDMI inputs to mirror the display of a connected iPhone 5, 5s and 5c and MHL-enabled Android phones.