Alpine Electronics said last week that it has reached a deal with Nokia and NAVTEQ to create a new technology called Terminal Mode. The system is meant to integrate Nokia phones into car systems, while also providing navigation services.
Alpine Electronics this week announced a new aftermarket business unit organization, led by Steve Crawford
Stop for a moment and take a look around. Do you see consumers Web surfing, typing, talking, texting, watching and listening all on a single device? Do you see consumers wearing earphones or headphones, accessorizing with colored charms and neon cases, or wearing backpacks customized to fit around the latest gaming gadgets? Regardless of where you find yourself reading this, you are no doubt standing at a pivotal intersection of personal electronics trends.
Market penetration has jumped over 50 percent for satellite radio in new cars, while up to a quarter of cars on the road now contain navigation systems. That’s according to a survey released Wednesday by J.D. Power and Associates, which found that consumer demand is on the rise for both. The J.D. Power and Associates 2008 Multimedia Quality and Satisfaction Study also rated various mobile electronics manufacturers on customer satisfaction, with Alpine Electronics coming in first place in the AM/FM/single CD player category, Panasonic Automotive Systems winning the AM/FM/multi-CD changer segment, Delphi Corp. taking first prize in the AM/FM/single CD player/satellite radio rankings
The eX-10 Advanced iPod Controller with Bluetooth is a dash-top solution for iPod playback and Bluetooth connectivity that works with the vehicle’s factory system. The eX-10 consists of a no-installation display unit that sits on top of the dash, a remote control and a power module that plugs into the vehicle’s cigarette lighter. The unit is Alpine’s first plug-and-play iPod product. It connects to any iPod with a dock connector via Alpine’s KCE-422i Full Speed Connection for iPod cable (included). The iPod music is played back through the car’s sound system via the FM transmitter or line-out jack. Available now for $200. www.alpine.com
Like many dealers heading into a year filled with uncertainties, Pam Crane of Ken Crane’s Big Screen Headquarters is sure of one thing. “You can’t live by flat panel alone,” she said while networking at the Pro Group’s cocktail reception in Las Vegas on the opening night of 2008 CES. “2008 will be a year of change. We have lots of initiatives under way to further our custom endeavors and to offer more services that focus on our core home theater, audio and furniture categories.” With about 2,700 vendors showcasing just about every CE-related product imaginable, Crane and thousands of other dealers had
The in-car electronics brand Alpine Electronics has announced a new contest in which unsigned bands of all genres are invited to submit their songs, with the winner receiving a full in-vehicle sound system from Alpine. The contest is taking place in conjunction with the launch of Alpine’s new eX-10 Advanced iPod Controller with Bluetooth. Bands seeking to participate can visit the company’s Web site and upload up to five original songs; the winner will be chosen via a fan vote, with consolation prizes including the new eX-10 product, which has a retail value of $230. For more information on the contest, visit
Every relationship guru touts the importance of communication. Without communication, the relationship just doesn’t work. For those of us in the industry long enough, it’s easy to remember how competitive the whole car audio scene was, and the secrecy that surrounded new vehicles and their electronics systems. Industry stalwarts such as Mike Mineo and Mark Fukuda, to name just a few, kept their award-winning vehicles under vault-like wraps from the general public. These shrouds of secrecy did nothing to promote the industry. That secrecy carried over to the installation bays of neighboring mobile electronics dealers. Again, there was no communication. As soon
The in-car audio accessory provider Alpine Electronics this week announced the establishment of a new microsite, as part of its “Experience the Drive” marketing campaign. The interactive site can be accessed at www.alpine-usa.com, by clicking on the product areas for “Imprint,” “”Full Speed/Full Sound,” “Perfect F.I.T.,” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll.” The site features audio/video displays and 360-degree video product views, using Flash animation, and show users how they can make best use of the products.