Recognizing that not all cell phone users are alike, Scosche Industries, an innovator of mobile electronic aftermarket accessories, is offering several different solutions for consumers seeking to comply with new laws requiring drivers to use hands-free phone devices.
In California, the law took effect July 1; other states enacting similar regulations include Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Washington. For those seeking the simplest option, Scosche offers two models of Bluetooth speakerphones that are mounted on a car visor like a garage door opener. They are the chitCHAT (CBHV5), a new version of the older non caller-ID model CBHV ($79.95). The chitCHAT has a high-output speaker with a DSP echo cancellation software to ensure a clear conversation even in the noisiest vehicles. An adjustable caller ID screen displays who is calling and battery life. The device includes a car charger and USB cable for home charging.
The next level is Scosche’s plug-and-play Bluetooth car kit, the MotorMOUTH (DIYBRH), which recently won the Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Award. Designed specifically for newer vehicles and aftermarket stereos with MP3/ AUX input jacks, the kit is an easy solution to hear calls through a car stereo. With no installation required, the MotorMOUTH includes a receiver and 3.5mm connector.