2015 CES, and the Connectivity Path to Autonomous Cars
Pioneer, Kenwood and Android Auto
On the electronics front, there are some very cool technologies for your customers. P-compatible units feature high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen displays (capacitive on the AVIC-8100NEX and clear resistive on the AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX), external microphones for voice control, and a wired remote input used for optional integration with factory-installed steering wheel audio controls. This makes integrating the factory steering wheel controls much easier when coupled to an appropriate aftermarket steering wheel control interface.
Also working with Apple CarPlay, the unit features a high-sensitivity touch screen that will allow customers to make selections and interact with screen content with greater accuracy. With CarPlay, familiar apps are within easy reach, and display just the right amount of information. In Android Auto mode, the menu bar makes it easy for drivers to select sources, including navigation, phone and music. Deep integration with Google Now shows informative cards to provide users with location- and preference-aware information at the right time.
According to Clarion, its Intelligent VOICE uses voice recognition technology to enable information search and destination settings. A customer can connect using a Google Account to access e-mails and calendars. Then the emails can be read aloud or customers can check their schedules, all via voice command. Drivers can even use destination information inside emails, and calendar entries for navigation guidance. More importantly, the unit is supposed to understand the customer. "You can search for anything that comes to mind," says the company's description, "just like you do on your PC or smartphone. Even if you only partially remember something or mispronounce it, Clarion Intelligent VOICE searches through a wealth of up-to-date Google local search info and presents the candidates that are the closest phrases. Unlike past systems that required precise wording, Clarion's newest technology allows more natural language to find your destination." It seems similar to Ford's technology, but is perhaps even better, with Google's backing horsepower helping the search recognition engine.
the DV695MB ($399), an AV head unit with two-way Android mirroring via an HDMI connection. It features a 6.2-inch capacitive touch screen and is ideal for customers who are married to their smartphones but live in states where it is illegal to touch the smartphone while driving.
The company made both the sound quality as well as the installation a priority. For example, the crossovers use high-grade capacitors and components but they were packaged in a way to easily sneak behind a door panel. According to Pioneer, "The aramid fiber cone is constructed from Twaron woven cloth that is hardened and shaped to produce a rigid yet low-mass cone with excellent dampening characteristics. The design of the TS-D tweeters include a soft-dome diaphragm and surround constructed out of lightweight polyester woven fibers, for increased sensitivity and improved response. T"plug-and-play" car audio market starting with the new 2015 aluminum-frame F150. According to Chris Dragon of Harman, the JBL Concert Edition packages leverage existing wiring harnesses and speaker locations in the vehicle to bring a superior audio experience into the vehicle beyond currently available aftermarket products. The package provides a complete system solution in a single box that includes four speakers, a pair of 8-inch DVC subwoofers and a DSP amplifier, each professionally tuned to the truck's interior. They are cosmetically designed to perfectly integrate into the cabin of the specific vehicle, reducing the installation costs associated with aesthetic modifications for traditional aftermarket products. Unlike conventional aftermarket amplifiers, JBL Concert Edition amplifiers are specifically contoured for individual vehicles and feature EFI shielding to protect them from picking up unwanted engine noise when powered up. In an interesting trial move, the system will be sold exclusively through Car Toys beginning in March. Packages for additional auto manufacturers will be made available by June 2015.
M To keep it simple, they include a clamp mount for handlebars. The entire unit is constructed of weather-resistant materials to protect it from dirt and moisture. National sales manager Jason Fickas stated, "Bluetooth is a very hot technology, and consumers want to be able to play their music as easily as possible wherever they are. The MUDBTRC allows our dealers to offer their customers an alternative to installing a head unit in their vehicle where there may not be room. It is very compact and easy to use, and can be used in any vehicle with any amplifier."