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NEW YORK – Aftermarket car electronics suppliers will build new and improved bridges between aftermarket head units and smartphones, factory electronics systems, and the Cloud at next month’s International CES.
Select suppliers will also expand their selection of marine audio gear at the show.
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.
TWICE: What impact do you think Apple’s switch to iOS 6 and to the Lightning connector will have on aftermarket sales?
TWICE: What technologies do you expect to appear for the first time in 2013, or what technologies do you expect to proliferate in 2013?
Anderson: People will continue to want to use their smartphone’s content wherever they go, so a better in-car experience, whether it is iPhone or Android, will be key. Once MirrorLink is introduced on more U.S. phones, the desire among consumers to fully enjoy that capability will grow quickly.
TWICE: Which product segments gained in 2012, and what is the outlook for 2013?
Anderson: As expected, Alpine saw growth in two-DIN A/V and AVN products, but we’ve also seen growth in our amplifier and speaker businesses as well.
NEW YORK – The challenges facing the car electronics aftermarket are well-known, but the industry has persevered by making its products more relevant to consumers for whom the Internet and smartphones are their primary music sources.
Other opportunities have also arisen, whether its factory-look (or factory-fit) aftermarket navigation systems, A/V multimedia head units, interface modules that preserve factory-infotainment functionality when aftermarket head units are added, or OEMupgrade amps and speakers.
Audiovox Expands FlashLogic
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – Audiovox Electronics expanded its FlashLogic program to more vehicles, enabling dealers to integrate aftermarket remote-start systems with the vehicles’ factory security systems.
The program lets dealers download vehicle-specific firmware for use with aftermarket remote-start systems, which can then be plugged into a vehicle’s OEM data port to integrate with the OEM security system.
CORONA, CALIF. — Vizualogic is planning a formal debut of a vehicle headrest system with removable tablets.
The system, which Vizualogic is calling its Portable Android Powered Headrest System, was quietly previewed at the SEMA Show last month. It consists of two 7-inch Android 4.0 touchscreen tablets with 4GB of internal memory, expandable to 32GB with MicroSD card slots; five to six hours of battery life; Wi-Fi connectivity; USB ports; and FM modulator and audio-out.
BOSTON — Unit sales of aftermarket in-dash navigation will grow in North America in the coming years, though not at the pace of OEM-navigation shipments, a Strategy Analytics study forecasts.
Sales of portable navigation devices (PNDs) will continue to decline in North America, the forecast also shows.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Although the iPhone 5 is compatible with the majority of Pioneer’s 20 current head units, five models are incompatible in a variety of ways, said marketing VP Ted Cardenas.
Those head units are the AppRadio, AppRadio2, and three heads with Advanced App Mode: the AVIC-X940BT, AVICZ140BH and AVH-P8400BH. (For tables listing specific incompatible features by model number, go to PioneerElectronics. com/PUSA/Apple+Compatibility.)
NEW YORK — Car security is far from dead, but it is currently undergoing an evolution. The category has become increasingly tied into the one of remote start, and for better or worse, this means sales can be affected by conditions that are out of retailers’ hands — such as the weather.