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Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer Electronics has launched a rewards program for its authorized dealers.
The Pioneer Points+ Loyalty Program lets dealers accumulate points by selling products from Pioneer’s car electronics division. Points can be redeemed via an online catalog for such things as merchandise, travel and entertainment, it said.
Four membership levels will be available: member, silver, gold and platinum. Higher membership levels have the ability to accumulate points at a faster rate, according to the company.
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Berlin – Ford upgraded its Sync AppLink infotainment technology to a 2.0 version that will enable smartphone-app developers to offer multiple new services to a driver’s smartphone-connected Ford Sync infotainment system, the company announced here at the IFA show.
Arvada, Colo. — The Mobile Electronics Specialists of America (MESA) buying group announced it has partnered with Mobile Solutions, a provider of training and installation supplies.
The partnership will formally launch at the 2013 MESA Fall Summit, held in Austin, Texas, this week.
Mobile Solutions will provide its 12-volt installation products and specialty tools, as well as technical training, to all levels of MESA members.
Long Beach, Calif. — Pioneer Electronics said it’s rolling out an augmented-reality ad campaign to support its car electronics category.
The “See What You’ve Been Missing” campaign will be coupled with the Pioneer AR Experience iOS and Android app, enabling users to interact with print advertisements by pointing the phone at the ad and engaging with the hot spots, Pioneer said.
New York — Satellite-radio broadcaster SiriusXM will become the nation’s largest telematics provider in the fourth quarter when it expects its acquisition of Agero’s Connected Vehicle Unit to be complete.
SiriusXM and Agero entered into a definitive agreement in which Sirius will purchase Agero’s telematics unit for $530 million in cash.
Iwaki, Japan — Alpine posted a 23.7 percent revenue gain in its fiscal first quarter ending June 30 and a 6.4 percent gain in operating income, but net income slid 24.3 percent.
First-quarter revenues in the fiscal year ending March 2014 hit 68.3 billion yen, while operating income grew to 1.43 billion yen. Net income fell to 1.31 billion yen.
Schaffhausen, Switzerland — Garmin reported slumping net sales for its fiscal second quarter, ended June 29.
Total revenue was $697 million in the quarter, down 3 percent from $718 million in the prior-year period. Broken out by category, sales were up 6 percent in outdoor ($106.9 million vs. the prior year’s $100.5 million) but down 12 percent in automotive/mobile ($344.7 million vs. $392.1 million).
Sales were up 16 percent in aviation, 3 percent in fitness and 7 percent in marine.
Long Beach, Calif. – The number of Android smartphones compatible with Pioneer in-dash head units incorporating AppRadio Mode technology has grown to 40 now that Pioneer has confirmed that 16 more Android phones are compatible, Pioneer announced.
The 16 smartphones tested by Pioneer for compatibility include the HTC One, One S, One XL; Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD and Razr HD; Samsung Galaxy SIII, S4 Note II, and Galaxy Express; and the Sony Xperia Z, TX, TL, and ZL.
Chicago – Cobra Electronics blamed the continued poor worldwide economic performance along with legal expenses for its $1.9 million drop in income on sales of $25.6 million for the second quarter, ended June 30.
The $1.9 million income fall off was down from the $902,000 in net income generated during the same period last year and consolidated sales were down about $3.5 million from 2012.
Dallas — AT&T and Audiovox have partnered to provide network connectivity to an Audiovox telematics and location-based vehicle service system.
The plug-in OBDII device is designed to provide maintenance alerts, vehicle tracking, car location and driver scoring, among other things. A smartphone app will enable remote start and vehicle locking.
The OBDII device will use an embedded HSPA wireless modem to send telematics and location data that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, AT&T said.