Interfacing was a major theme among this year's CES car electronics exhibitors. That was obvious in the proliferation of iPod interfaces from Alpine, Audiobahn, Audiovox, Clarion, DLO, Monster, Peripheral Electronics, Pioneer and dozens more.
Also important was the increased emphasis on interfacing aftermarket electronics with OEM electronics from companies like Scosche, Axxess, PAC and Metra. At this CES, Audio Control and JL Audio announced audio interfaces, and Alpine stressed its ability to work with OEM systems.
For example, Alpine's VPA-B211A Vehicle Hub Interface Adapter ($300) "allows a consumer to keep the factory system, keep all the integrity of the wiring and the cosmetics," says Alpine Vice President Stephen Witt. The V-Hub, which will require vehicle-specific adapters from third parties, has inputs for the addition of navigation and two other infotainment sources (including, of course, Alpine's iPod interface), and the ability to add a center channel and sub to a factory system. Also, several companies showed interfaces to the Media Oriented System Transport bus used in several European high-end cars and now a CEA standard.