2015 CES, and the Connectivity Path to Autonomous Cars
February 1, 2015

The vehicle is very important, because—unlike some other smaller autonomous concepts—it brings the notion of luxury to a transportation appliance. This, in turn, will create huge opportunities for aftermarket personalization.

What 12-Volt Needs to Thrive
January 1, 2015

The SBN Expo's annual spring events will span March 20-23 and they will be held at the Ocean Center Arena in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Content & Connections in the Dashboard: Its the next big thing in your customer's cars
July 1, 2012

Our world revolves around an enormous selection of consumer technology choices we encounter each and every day. Choices for how we consume content (whether music, information, etc.) are literally overwhelming, and when they jump to the vehicle dashboard, it ignites the controversy of convenience versus safety. We already know that. These are the realities with which 12-volt manufacturers and retailers struggle when balancing the latest and greatest products with something that’s dependable and user friendly for their clientele, all at a price where the consumer finds value.

Scion Adds Pandora to 2012 xB's Stereo
June 28, 2011

The premium audio system proved a disappointment, but the company announced new stereo choices for the 2012 model. The base and upgrade Pioneer head units add standard Bluetooth and HD radio, and the upgrade brings in iPhone Pandora integration. At its launch, Scion relied on aftermarket head units for its cars, which should have kept it on the edge of in-cabin electronics. But recent models used older electronics, and lacked feature-rich Bluetooth phone systems or modern audio sources. The new Pioneer head units add HD radio and Bluetooth audio streaming to the existing iPod support.

Car Audio With Attitude
June 14, 2011

No one wants to be Doctor Distortion. As tempting as it is to just say screw your ancient car audio system and plug in your iPod headphones, it is highly illegal and dangerous. You might not hear that ambulance coming at ya. No worries - we are hear to say that it is OK to crank it up to 11 on a proper car audio system. A new head unit will even let you jam your iPod tunes. Here are some suggestions for new rides with killer car audio systems, and if you keep your current ride, some suggestions

'Halo Lights' Woo Car Customizers
April 14, 2011

In this case, the halo-like glow emanates from colored LED lights that rim their headlights like irises surrounding black pupils. At a recent Dodge and Chrysler car gathering on an abandoned airstrip here, owners treated these so-called halo lights as automotive must-haves for those who want to turn heads. Its for the show, said Jason Vita of Canoga Park, Calif., showing off the glowering green halo lights around the headlights that matched his lime-colored, tricked-out Dodge Charger. He had a prime display spot at the Spring Festival of LXs, a reference to Chryslers code-name for its big rear-wheel-drive cars,

DICE Launches Mobile Integration Product
March 18, 2011

DICE Electronics said this week that it is launching the new Silverline DUO integration product, a direct connection automotive interface for the iPod and iPhone, Sirius tuners, as well as BlackBerry and Android devices.

Disaster in Japan Batters Suppliers
March 15, 2011

Last week, chips that store eight gigabytes of data for digital cameras, smartphones and other devices cost as little as $7.30 each on the spot market, where many manufacturers buy components. On Monday, the cost was around $10. That jump in price illustrates how the disaster in Japan has immediately affected the supply of all sorts of components used in myriad consumer electronics and other products. The earthquake and tsunami there have damaged factories and disrupted the countrys power and transportation infrastructure. Factory closures are already creating problems in the tech industry. Toshiba, which produces roughly a third of