By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas - Harman came to International CES with vehicle-specific aftermarket car-audio upgrade packages tailored for specific vehicles.
Harman Vehicle Specific Audio Upgrades feature components designed to fit into the original factory location and plug into the existing factory wire harness with no splicing or fabrication. The packages include speakers, enclosed subwoofers, and a digital amplifier acoustically tuned, time-aligned and equalized for specific vehicles.
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.
Las Vegas – Pioneer plans its first in-dash navigation units that connect to a cloud-based subscription service to download traffic and other data, and it will launch its first head units that are compatible with iDataLink’s Maestro module to retain OEM infotainment system functions in select Ford, Chrysler and GM vehicles.
Las Vegas – Traffic-data supplier INRIX teamed up with BMW to offer what they call the industry’s first in-car intermodal navigation system, which monitors real-time traffic conditions and alerts drivers to faster public modes of transportation.
The system, which will be displayed at International CES, also provides turn-by-turn navigation to the nearest bus or train station in time for the next departure.
Las Vegas –Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia have teamed up with Google to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) to bring the Android OS into the dashboard.
The goal is to deliver the same user experience from smartphones and tablets in the dash, the alliance said.
Las Vegas – Chevrolet wasted no time rolling out its 2014 International CES news, announcing last night the addition of OnStar 4G LTE to a portion of its fleet starting this summer.
Chevy will add 4G LTE starting this summer to 10 vehicles, including the Corvette, Impala, Spark and the Silverado, said Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet. More vehicles will be added later in the year.
“This is the largest number of cars with built-in 4G LTE from the Spark to the Vette. This is not just for the rich and famous,” Batey said.
New York – Audi will go to International CES to announce a partnership with Google to develop Android-based in-car infotainment systems, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Google wants to embed the Android OS and Android apps, including music and navigation apps, in the car’s dash, the report said. Audi previously announced plans to embed 4G LTE cellular chips in vehicles, so an in-dash Android infotainment system could presumably be used to stream cloud-based services to the car, including Internet music services.
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.
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.