Audiovox Readies Car Blu-ray Player

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Hauppauge, N.Y. - Audiovox plans International CES introductions of the first aftermarket Blu-ray player announced to date.

The Blu-ray player is a single-DIN model that mounts in the dash, under a seat or in the trunk and can be connected to any in-vehicle monitor via its HDMI, composite or component outputs. The player comes with wireless remote and can be mounted horizontally or vertically and is small enough to fit in storage compartments. The player also features a front-panel USB input to display video stored on flash drives.

The player, whose details will be disclosed at CES, received a 2011 Best of Innovations Award from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Audiovox also won Innovations awards for two other products. One is a combination remote-start and security system that can be controlled from an OEM key-fob keyless-entry transmitter. Competing add-on systems enable either security-system arming/disarming or remote starting from an OEM key fob, but not both. As a result, consumers who wanted to add security and remote starting to a factory keyless-entry system wound up carrying a remote, either to start the car or control the security system.

The AS9233ST add-on system, shipping earlier this month, remote starts a vehicle from up to 1,200 feet away. An impact sensor is included along with an onboard starter relay.

The third award winner, to be introduced at CES, is a collision-avoidance rearview camera system that, unlike other back-up systems, delivers both audible and visual alerts of stationary and moving objects, including pedestrians, behind a vehicle. With other systems, Audiovox said, consumers had to buy separate camera and sensor systems.

The camera in the CAM430MV system can be connected to any LCD screen, including a factory-installed navigation screen. On the screen, the system displays a color box around a moving or stationary object or person while also emitting an audible alert. The onscreen boxes change color as the vehicle gets closer to the object, and the beep tone grows more urgent as the vehicle gets closer.

Pricing and other details will be announced at CES.


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