Auto electronics, sat nav

JVC Ships CarPlay-Supporting KW-V820BT

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JVC Ships CarPlay-Supporting KW-V820BT

JVC launches the KW-V820BT, an aftermarket in-dash receiver featuring a 6.8-inch resistive touchscreen, high-resolution audio support and CarPlay compatibility.

Originally announced back at CES 2016, the receiver features multiple connectivity options, including Bluetooth, x2 1.5Amp USB ports, x3 RCA outputs and rear-seat system hookups. It is also iDataLink Maestro ready, allowing interaction with many auto built-in tech options such as existing media inputs.

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Logitech Intros ZeroTouch Smartphone Auto Mounts

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Logitech Intros ZeroTouch Smartphone Auto Mounts

Logitech announces the ZeroTouch Air Vent and ZeroTouch Dashboard-- a pair of smartphone auto mounts the company says turn any car into a connected car in combination with an Android device and a companion app.

Once the smartphone is docked in the mount the app allows users to hear and respond to incoming messages, as well as operate navigation and music apps such as Google Maps, Waze, Glympse and Spotify hands free. As the names might suggest the mounts install on either air vent or dashboard, and hold smartphones via magnets.

Initiating texting or commands involves a simple hand gesture, while other controls come through voice.

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Alpine Intros Big Screen CarPlay System

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Alpine Intros Big Screen CarPlay System

Aftermarket upgrade specialist Alpine announces one of the biggest in-dash displays with support for Apple CarPlay-- the i109-WRA, a restyle system featuring a 9-inch capacitative touchscreen and a built-in Siri button.

Customers can also set Siri control to steering wheel controls (when available), while other features include AM/FM radio, backup camera support, three 2V pre-outs, one AUX AV input and a 24-bit DAC. A companion Alpine app allows various audio adjustments, and all typical CarPlay features are, of course, included.

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Harman Intros Legend CP100 Receiver

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Harman Intros Legend CP100 Receiver

Harman opens preorders for the Legend CP100-- an aftermarket receiver featuring both CarPlay and Android Auto support, first seen back at CES 2016.

Built on the same platform the company offers to OEM customers, the Legend CP100 replaces existing 2-DIN infotainment systems. It offers a 6.75-inch capacitive touchscreen, iMX6 processor and a panel of 3 buttons for power, volume and "push to talk" control.

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Apple Bolsters Siri With VocalIQ Buy

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Apple Bolsters Siri With VocalIQ Buy

The Financial Times reports the next Apple acquisition is VocalIQ, a UK-based startup specialising in speech processing and machine learning technology, with particular interest in automobile use.

As such, VocalIQ technology will probably (surely) find use within the Apple voice control offering, Siri. One VocalIQ blog entry describes a "conversational voice-dialog system" using "self-learning" technology and "real conversation between human and the internet of things" to prevent drivers from getting distracted by looking at navigation system screens.

Another blog entry singles out Siri as a mere "toy" in a world of lacklustre voice assistant.

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Garmin Combines Sat Nav with Dash Cam

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Garmin Combines Sat Nav with Dash Cam

Garmin launches the nüviCam-- the first sat nav from the company to feature a built-in dash cam to continually record and automatically save driving footage, thus providing eyewitness protection in case of accidents.

The device carries a 6-inch touchscreen and includes "premium" driver-assist features such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning and "Garmin Real Vision," a means to eliminate hard-to-see onscreen numbers by displaying the camera view together with a bright arrow.

Customers can also connect the nüviCam with a smartphone via Bluetooth for hands-free calling, real-time data services and Garmin Digital Traffic via DAB.

Meanwhile the dash cam saves video on microSD card (included) and allows playback of recorded footage either on the device or via PC. It also has a Snapshot feature for drivers wanting to check still images from either outside or inside the vehicle.

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CarPlay Available in More Countries

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CarPlay Available in More Countries

Apple announces CarPlay is now available in 5 more countries-- Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, Russia and New Zealand, bringing the number of countries with access to the auto-enhancing product to 25.

Turkey, Brazil, China, India and Thailand got CarPlay support earlier this month, even without access to CarPlay Maps.

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Turning Cassette Decks into Bluetooth Receivers

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Turning Cassette Decks into Bluetooth Receivers

Ion Sound proposes a means for turning customers' cassette players into a Bluetooth receiver-- the Cassette Adapter Bluetooth, a device that looks like a cassette, but is actually a wireless audio streamer.

The Cassette Adapter Bluetooth installs like a traditional cassette tape (no cables required), and automatically turns on once it inserted in the deck. It streams audio from any Bluetooth-enabled device, including music players and mobile phones.

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How to Turn a Smartphone into an Auto HUD

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How to Turn a Smartphone into an Auto HUD

SenseDriver Technologies shows off a smartphone-powered aftermarket auto heads-up display at CES 2015-- the SenseHUD, a transparent dashboard-mounted display showing drivers calls, directions, speed and other details.

For use, customers need to mount a smartphone face-up in the SenseHUD bracket, before connection via Bluetooth and companion Hudson app. A special electrochromatic LCD reflects the smartphone's display to create a transparent (adjustable by 3 viewing levels according to ambient light levels) dashboard HUD.

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Audi Intros In-Car Tablet

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Audi Intros In-Car Tablet

Audi is the first auto maker to launch an own brand in-car tablet-- the new Q7 car ships with the Audi Tablet, a premium aluminium device promising a more fulfilling rear seat entertainment experience.

The Audi Tablet is a 10.1-inch Android number powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor. Being designed specifically for automotive use it connects to the on-board infotainment and navigation system via CANBus and has a matte display designed to reduce both reflections and micro-vibrations passing through the car.

Users can control various car functions without he tablets, such as climate control, entertainment and even navigations-- for example, one can forward a navigation waypoint from the tablet to the main stack in the front via wifi. It is also usable outside the car, although Audi does not suggest this as it automatically locks up if not returned to the in-car docking station (located in the front head restraints) within a month.

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Parrot Brings CarPlay to Any Auto

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Parrot Brings CarPlay to Any Auto

Parrot reveals a means for customers to add CarPlay-powered smarts to their auto dashboards at CES 2015-- the RNB 6 head unit, a double-DIN device featuring Apple CarPlay support even if it actually runs on Android.

It features a 7-inch "IPS Pro" touchscreen, a 4 x 55W audio amplifier and a wide-angle "Super HDR" dash cam. Connectivity comes through Bluetooth 4.0 and 5GHz wifi, while further features include GPS, HDMI, microphone, ethernet and USB.

Meanwhile the OS (technically a modified version of Android 5.0) offers media playback navigation, telephony, air control, parking assistance and onboard diagnostics. The touchscreen switches Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces depending on the phone users plug in.

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