Car Electronics Briefs

TWICE Staff On Apr 7 2014 - 12:00am

Car Electronics Briefs

 

Pioneer Ships Four New Connected Head Units

LONG BEACH, CALIF. – Pioneer began shipping connected in-dash navigation/receivers that connect to a subscription-based navigation service expected to be available in the spring.

The four navigation head units, priced from a suggested $750 to $1,400, connect to smartphones to access such connected services as traffic, local search, weather, gas prices and more. Information and icons are overlaid on the existing map screen.

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Will The Aftermarket Play Ball With Apple CarPlay?

Joseph Palenchar On Apr 7 2014 - 12:00am

Will The Aftermarket Play Ball With Apple CarPlay?

 

NEW YORK – Apple and autosound suppliers don’t seem to be in any particular hurry to drive CarPlay into the car audio aftermarket.

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Rockford Fosgate Releases Ship Dates Of New Amps, Speakers

Joseph Palenchar On Feb 17 2014 - 1:00am

Rockford Fosgate Releases Ship Dates Of New Amps, Speakers

 

TEMPE, ARIZ. – New Rockford Fosgate products include mono and stereo amps in the Power series, the brand’s first direct-fit BMW speakers, and the brand’s first direct-fit motorcycle amplifier/speaker systems, which are intended for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

The company is also adding to its high-end Power series of component speakers, updating all six models in its Prime R1 subwoofer series, and adding to its marine amp series.

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HDMI/MHL Comes To Axxera Heads

Joseph Palenchar On Feb 17 2014 - 1:00am

HDMI/MHL Comes To Axxera Heads

 

HEATHROW, FLA. — Dual plans first-quarter shipments of six 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.

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Voxx Offers More Details On Car Product Plans

Joseph Palenchar On Feb 17 2014 - 1:00am

Voxx Offers More Details On Car Product Plans

 

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Voxx Electronics announced additional pricing and availability dates of new Audiovoxbranded car electronics products, including the brand’s first driving-event recorder and an accessory that adds Bluetooth streaming and USB playback to any OEM sound system.

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Alpine Adds HDMI, OEM-Databus Compatibility

Joseph Palenchar On Jan 27 2014 - 1:00am

Alpine Adds HDMI, OEM-Databus Compatibility

 

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.

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JVC: HDMI Only For Display For Now

Joseph Palenchar On Jan 27 2014 - 1:00am

JVC: HDMI Only For Display For Now

 

LAS VEGAS – JVC Mobile’s first two multimedia receivers with MHL/HDMI inputs will display video and GUIs from HDMI-connected iPhones and Android smartphones, but at least initially, the touchscreens of the HDMI-connected heads won’t be able to control the GUIs, said car electronics product planner Johnny Kashiwazaki.

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Companies Ready Vehicle-Specific OEM Audio Upgrades

Joseph Palenchar On Jan 27 2014 - 1:00am

Companies Ready Vehicle-Specific OEM Audio Upgrades

 

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.

For its part, Rockford expanded its selection of vehicle-specific systems under the Match brand.

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Alpine Expands TuneIt

Joseph Palenchar On Jan 7 2014 - 1:00am

Alpine Expands TuneIt

 

LAS VEGAS — Alpine is bringing a redesigned series of compact PDR amplifiers, its first enclosed preloaded subwoofer box for trucks, and an expanded selection of head units compatible with its TuneIt app.

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Clarion Upgrades Smart Access, Adds MirrorLink

Joseph Palenchar On Jan 7 2014 - 1:00am

Clarion Upgrades Smart Access, Adds MirrorLink

 

LAS VEGAS — Clarion is introducing two new Smart Access head units with HDMI inputs to control and display apps running on MHL-equipped Android phones and Lightning-equipped iPhones.

The company is also launching its first two heads with MirrorLink and launching its first head with Google Voice.

The two MirrorLink-equipped models are the $399-everyday VX404 multimedia DVD-receiver and $699-everyday NX404 navigation/multimedia receiver.

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