LAS VEGAS —
Clarion got a head start on the 2012 aftermarket model year with a SEMA show launch of the company’s first head unit to control the Pandora Internet radio app on a USB-connected iPhone.
More such products are likely to be introduced at January’s CES.
The Pandora-controlling head unit is the single-DIN CZ202 CD receiver, which will be among the lowest-priced Pandora-controlling radios on the market at a suggested $129, said marketing VP Adam Thomas. From the head unit, consumers will be able to control basic Pandora-app features as well as the app’s thumbs up feature.
At least one other aftermarket mobile electronics company, Sony, recently launched a $130-suggested CD receiver that controls Pandora on a USB-connected iPhone.