By Lisa Johnston
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Dearborn, Mich. — Ford announced it will acquire Livio, a manufacturer of in-car technology and entertainment devices and software.
“With the additional expertise Livio provides us, Ford intends to continue to lead the next generation of in-car connectivity with technology advancements that give consumers more options to access their devices on the go,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and VP, Ford research and innovation.
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.
Torrance, Calif. — Remote-starter manufacturer Auto Page announced it will distribute Fortin’s Evo series of in-car installation products.
Auto Page is owned by Varad International.
Fortin products include the Evo-All data immobilizer bypass and door-lock interface combo module, and the Evo-Ride high encrypted key immobilizer bypass module.
The Fortin products and accessories will be available through the Varad/Auto Page national sales network, the companies said.
West Chester, Ohio — Escort entered a new category this month with the launch of its MediaFlair portable Wi-Fi streaming accessory.
Designed to act a personal wireless hub for sharing content, the MediaFlair allows content stored on an SD card to be shared via Wi-Fi with up to five friends, once all have downloaded the free accompanying app. The app, which is compatible with Apple, Android and Kindle devices, allows the friends to actually download the files to their own portable devices.
Clearwater, Fla. — iSimple, a division of Aamp of America, added to its line of TranzIt universal car kits with a model meant for Lightning connectors.
The TranzIt Link (IS7705), intended for pro installation, enables consumers to play their music from a Lightning-capable Apple device through their factory or aftermarket stereo, using a preset radio frequency.
The TranzIt Link also charges the iPhone, iPad or iPod while in use, and it has a digital-to-analog converter.
Suggested retail is $119; it’s currently available.
Jericho, N.Y. — Mobileye, a maker of collision-avoidance systems, is now selling its products directly through its website and has updated the site with an e-commerce store.
The site, found at US.Mobileye.com, was created to “to make it easier for our consumers to learn about our technology and purchase our systems,” Daniel Rosenfeld, Mobileye online marketing manager, told TWICE. “Our new site also offers much more information about our systems capabilities and how they function.”
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.
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.