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Reuters -- Car owners and security experts can tinker with automobile software without incurring some U.S. copyright liability, according to new guidelines issued this month that had been opposed by the auto industry.

The Library of Congress, which oversees the U.S. Copyright Office, agreed with fair use advocates who argued that vehicle owners are entitled to modify their cars, which often involves altering software.

Automakers including General Motors Co, and other vehicle manufacturers such as Deere & Co, opposed the rules. They said vehicle owners could visit authorized repair shops for changes they may need to undertake.

However, U.S. copyright officials decided that altering computer programs for vehicle repair or modification may not infringe a manufacturer's software copyright. A GM representative referred to a statement from an industry group that said the new rules would weaken safety innovation. 

"Sensitive vehicle data could be easily manipulated, altered, or distributed - undetected - if these changes are implemented," the statement said.

Deere spokesman Ken Golden said the company stands by its earlier opposition. However, some systems that transmit data from the vehicle to Deere could still be protected by copyright, Golden said.

Security researchers also pushed for copyright liability protection because computer programs are "pervasive" in modern machines and devices, including vehicles, home appliances and medical devices.

"We are pleased that analysts will now be able to examine the software in the cars we drive without facing legal threats from car manufacturers," said Kit Wilson, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which advocated for the rule changes.

The new rules must be renewed in three years, Wilson said. Vehicle owners still cannot perform other activities that would violate an automaker's copyright, he said, like extracting code and selling it.

Some U.S. government agencies expressed serious reservations about the new rules, and the Environmental Protection Agency flatly opposed them.

"EPA explained that vehicle modifications are often performed to increase engine power or boost fuel economy, but that these modifications increase vehicle emissions and thus violate the Clean Air Act," the Library of Congress said in its final rule.

However, the new rules do not allow vehicle owners to break any other laws, the Library said, and will not take effect for a year so the EPA and other agencies have time to prepare.

KICKER Performance Audio is excited to announce new gear, awesome displays and celebrity signings at the 2015 SEMA Show. KICKER will be located in the North Hall, booth number 11861.

The KICKER booth will display show vehicles of several genres as well as new product releases. The 42-year-old audio company will feature the Goodguys Rod Association Custom-of-the-Year, a 1956 Continental Mark II with a full KICKER Q-Class audio system.  Also showcased will be Big Homie Customs’ (Las Vegas, Nev.) latest bike build – a Harley-Davidson Road Glide packed with KICKER PX-Series Amplifiers, subwoofers and more.

More highlights:

-       KICKER VSS (Vehicle-Specific Solutions) Factory Upgrades will be represented in the booth by a 2015 Chevy Colorado demonstrator equipped with a full PowerStage audio system. VSS allows sedans and trucks to significantly upgrade a factory audio system without changing the factory speakers or radio. Both VSS PowerStage and SubStage Upgrades come complete with amplification, custom bracketry and pre-terminated wiring, cut to the exact length needed for the vehicle.

-       In addition to the bike build from Big Homie Customs, KICKER’s Powersports line of PX-Series Amplifiers, PS-Series Speakers and thin-mount CompRT® Subwoofers will be shown.  When it comes to audio gear for motorcycles, KICKER knows that its Powersports offerings should be lightweight, loud and draw very little current. KICKER seeks to show how those products sound great while wearing a helmet, and how they stand up to the elements.

-       KICKER’s Q-Class of amplifiers, speakers, subwoofers and processors will also be on display.  Flagship IQ-Series Amplifiers marry the efficiency of Class D with TWEEQ processing – the most advanced tuning software in the industry, along with CompQ and L7 square subwoofers that deliver a level of volume, accuracy and detail normally reserved for significantly more expensive subwoofers.

-       The KICKER Marine line will feature KM-Series Coaxial Speakers and Subwoofers with new chrome LED grilles for fun and excitement on the water, along with brand-new sizes and colors of Empty Tower Enclosures to house the drivers.

During the Show Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Discovery Channel’s Street Outlaws will make appearances in the booth and sign autographs.  Available will be Big Chief, Murder Nova, Chuck, Monza, Daddy Dave and Kamikaze.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc., are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at www.kicker.com. Follow KICKER socially at Facebook.com/kickeraudio, Twitter.com/kickeraudio, Instagram.com/kickeraudio, or Pinterest.com/kickeraudio.

Goodguys is a trademark of Goodguy Enterprises, Inc.; Harley-Davidson and Road Glide are registered trademarks of Harley-Davidson, Inc.; Chevy is a registered trademark of GM, its subsidiaries, affiliates or licensors; Street Outlaws is a trademark of Discovery Communications, LLC.

STRUT, globally known for its trendsetting and distinctive collections of grilles, wheels, and accessories, has announced the relaunch of its website www.strutlife.com sporting a fresh new look, engaging graphics and an elegant, uncluttered design.  

Visitors to www.strutlife.com will enjoy an enhanced, easy-to-navigate user experience on both desktop and mobile devices as they view beautiful photographs of all STRUT grille collections, wheels and accessories. There is also an extensive gallery of images, a news section highlighting the latest editorial coverage, press releases, newsletters, and a section dedicated to the STRUT LaunchPort—a wireless, inductive charging pedestal for the iPad and iPad mini.

Simon Trumper, COO of STRUT said, “The new STRUT website gives visitors a true appreciation for just how good a luxury vehicle can look on the road and the close up details, fit, and finish that go into every STRUT Collection.”

STRUT, globally known for its trendsetting and distinctive collections of grilles, wheels, and accessories, has announced the relaunch of its website www.strutlife.com sporting a fresh new look, engaging graphics and an elegant, uncluttered design.  

Visitors to www.strutlife.com will enjoy an enhanced, easy-to-navigate user experience on both desktop and mobile devices as they view beautiful photographs of all STRUT grille collections, wheels and accessories. There is also an extensive gallery of images, a news section highlighting the latest editorial coverage, press releases, newsletters, and a section dedicated to the STRUT LaunchPort—a wireless, inductive charging pedestal for the iPad and iPad mini.

Simon Trumper, COO of STRUT said, “The new STRUT website gives visitors a true appreciation for just how good a luxury vehicle can look on the road and the close up details, fit, and finish that go into every STRUT Collection.” 

Visit STRUT online at  www.strutlife.com

isit STRUT online at  www.strutlife.com

NAV-TV Corp., a leading innovator and manufacturer of OEM integration and safety  products for the automotive aftermarket, announces they have won a final judgment for permanent injunctive relief in a patent infringement lawsuit against Car Integration Systems Corp and Rich DeSclafani. Case number 14-CV-62390-PCH, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, ordered that judgment is entered in favor of the Plaintiff, NAV-TV Corp., and against defendants, Richard DeSclafani and Car Integration Systems Corp. as follows:

1 . Permanent Injunctive Relief.

Defendants, their officers, agents, servants, employees, attorneys, all parent and subsidiary corporations and affiliates, their assigns and successors in interest, and those persons in active concert or participation with any of them are hereby permanently restrained and enjoined from:

a) making, using, manufacturing or causing to be manufactured, importing, advertising, promoting, distributing, selling or offering to sell goods which practice any claims of Plaintiff s United States Patent Nos. 7,917,261 ("the 261 Patent") and 8,103,407 ("the 407 Patent'') (collectively, the "patents-in-suit''), including but not limited to UNi-VIM /CAM , and inducing others to participate in these ads in any manner;

b) using the patents-in-suit in connection with the sale of any unauthorized goods;

c) using the patents-in-suit in any manner which is calculated to suggest that products of Defendants offered for sale are being sponsored by, authorized by, endorsed by, or in any way associated with Plaintiff,

d) falsely representing themselves as being connected with Plaintiff, through sponsorship or association;

e) engaging in any act which is likely to falsely cause members of the trade and/or of the purchasing public to believe any goods or services of Defendants offered for sale are in any way endorsed by, approved by, and/or associated with Plaintiff;

t) using the patents-in-suit in connection with the publicity, promotion, sale, or advertising of any goods sold by Defendants,

g) Appropriating or using the patents-in-suit in connection with the sale of any goods by Defendants, as being those of Plaintiff or in any way endorsed by Plaintiff;

h) otherwise unfairly competing with Plaintiff, and

i) effecting assignments or transfers, forming new entities or associations or utilizing any other device for the purpose of circumventing or otherwise avoiding the prohibitions set forth above.

2. The Court retains jurisdiction to enforce this Judgment and Permanent Injunction.

3. This Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE the case. Any pending motions are DENIED as moot.

All inquiries regarding this judgment, or for information on obtaining NAV-TV patent or trademark licensing, must be made in writing to NAV-TV Corp., 3950 NW120th Ave, Coral Springs, FL 33065 or by telephone at (866) 477-3336. 

Rockford Fosgate has announced its list of vehicles on display at the 2015 SEMA Show, which is being held in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Nov. 3 - 6. The systems can be viewed at www.rockfordfosgate.com/SEMA.

“Each year, we take pride in collaborating with leading auto integrators in order to feature our latest high-performance aftermarket audio systems to the SEMA Show audience,” explained Tammy Lowe, Rockford Fosgate director of marketing. “This year, as in years past, we are excited to promote both the vehicles and their owners in order to show that our high-performance systems are the ideal choice for any install and for any customer.”

Rockford Fosgate sponsored SEMA Show vehicles include:

  • GMC Yukon XL (location: outside South Hall; DUB)

-          1,000 Watt Punch System

  • 2015 Toyota Tundra 5.7 Liter 4x4 Crew Max (location: outside South Hall; Westin Automotive Feature Vehicle Spot)

-          1,000 Watt 5-Channel Punch System

  • 1961 Cadillac Convertible (location: Sherwin Williams #10831)

-          1,000 Watt Punch Pro Series System

  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 V6 (location: Hyundai #24387)

-          1,000 Watt Punch System

  • 2015 Hyundai Veloster Turbo (location: Hyundai #24387)

-          1,000 Watt Punch System

  • 2015 Toyota Tundra (location: Ranch Fiberglass #36127)

-          1,000 Watt 5-Way Punch System

  • 2014 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon JK Unlimited (location: )

-          1,000 Watt Power/Punch System

  • 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon JK Unlimited (location: Rugged Ridge #30171)

-          900 Watt Power Compact System

  • 2016 Honda HR-V (location: Honda #24887)

-          450 Watt Punch Powered System

  • 2016 Leer Ford F150 Super Crew Cab (location: Ford #22200)

-          1,000 Watt Front/Rear Punch System

“Year in and year out, the SEMA Show and its market remain strong,” added Lowe. “Whatever your ride…from cars to trucks to motorcycles to watercraft…Rockford Fosgate has a system for you, and SEMA creates the opportunity to showcase any and all of these systems.”

For complete details on all Rockford-equipped vehicles on display during SEMA 2015, visit www.rockfordfosgate.com/SEMA. For more information on Rockford Corporation, please visit www.rockfordcorp.com

Rydeen Mobile Electronics, premier supplier of safety and convenience products for the automotive aftermarket, will be on hand at the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, November 3-6. The company will be located in booth #11729 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center along with partner reseller AE Distributing.

Last year, Rydeen solidified its leadership role in aftermarket vehicle safety with its innovative PVR15W, a 3 in 1 Solution offering Advanced Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and a Full Function DVR. Also introduced was an updated version of our successful Navigation Mirror, MN312R, featuring iGO software and a faster processor. Additionally, our DVA6 Double Din, Android based head unit made its debut at last year's SEMA show.

Premiering at this year's SEMA is our MD4BT Digital Mirror Monitor featuring Mi-Link. The MD4BT offers a 4'3" LCD Monitor, Bluetooth and MHL/HDMI inputs for linking any mobile device and displaying it's content on the MD4BT screen, MSRP $299.00. It is joined by these new-for-2016 products, each designed to meet a specific market demand:

  • CM-D500 "Side Cam" - Blind Zone System featuring 2 Mirror mounted "Side Cams" with turn signal activation.
  • Pro Grade - a complete line of commercial use products including a new 7" Monitor - M7000P, and 3 Heavy Duty Universal Cameras.
  • WG-2400P - Waterproof Wireless Video System. IP69K Compliant with up to 100 Foot Range for those difficult and large vehicle installations including 18 Wheelers and RV's.

Rydeen will be demonstrating products in the Rydeen Honda CRZ  located in Booth 11729 of the LVCC North Hall.  Also on display will be our newly updated RDV360 II, Surround View System now featuring simplified calibration. “SEMA is always a pivotal show for us as we broaden our product line with category leading products featuring the latest in driving aids, said Bob Goodman, Director of Sales & Marketing. “We’re happy to once again partner with AE Distributing and share their space, and we look forward to meeting and talking with valued and prospective customers.”

For more information on Rydeen’s featured products, visit www.rydeenmobile.com. To schedule a one-on-one product tour during SEMA, call (877) 777-8811.

WELD has acquired the assets of HiPer Technology, Inc., the largest manufacturer of high performance “super structural” carbon fiber wheels for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and side-by-side (UTV) vehicles based in Lawrence, Kansas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“WELD is excited to add HiPer’s products to our portfolio of premium performance lines. This strategic acquisition brings new markets as well as cutting-edge materials and processes to WELD,” said WELD president and CEO Norm Young. “We were attracted to HiPer due to its leadership in advanced carbon fiber composite technology, and shared motorsports success and history.”

Young says technology from HiPer will be integrated into WELD wheels where it strategically fits. “The HiPer brand is unique and well respected by its customer base, and something that we will keep intact. In addition, we have an aggressive plan to provide the resources necessary to continue to grow the brand.”

HiPer Technology has developed and manufactured products using super structural carbon fiber composite resins by employing proprietary molding techniques. To date, the company’s activities have focused on modular carbon fiber racing wheels for motor sport vehicles through its primary consumer division, HiPer Racing Wheels.

HiPer’s carbon fiber materials and processes produce wheels that are significantly lighter and more durable than the competition. HiPer wheels have won championships in cross-country, motocross, short course, and desert racing through weight reduction and the ability to absorb impacts, making them substantially more rugged.

HiPer Racing Wheels, primarily manufactured for ATVs, and UTVs, are the lightest, toughest wheels available in their market segment. More information on HiPer products can be found at www.Hiper-Technology.com.

WELD manufactures the highest quality forged race wheels for dirt, oval, off road and drag racing, along with wheels for performance street cars and trucks. Each WELD wheel is precision engineered for maximum performance on the street, off road and at the track. For more information about WELD phone 800-788-9353 or visit www.WELDwheels.com.

Petra Industries, a leading wholesale distributor of consumer electronics, wireless accessories, custom installation products, mobile audio/video accessories and appliance connection supplies, celebrated its 30th anniversary October 22 with a reception and ribbon cutting.

Thursday’s event began with a ribbon cutting of Petra’s newly acquired and renovated 525,000-square-foot warehouse. Ribbon cutting attendees included Petra Founder & CEO Bill Stewart, Petra President Tate Morgan, Edmond Chamber President and CEO Ken Moore, Edmond Economic Development Authority Executive Director Janet Yowell, Josh Attaway, Sharon Fitzpatrick, Autumn Everett, Charles Oliver, Steve Kasch, Rod Ferguson, Lissa Qualls and Joan Curtis.

Attendees were afforded the opportunity to see Petra’s new state-of-the-art warehouse facility featuring a new innovative warehouse management system. With the new system in place, Petra’s distribution center has more than doubled the capacity of its pick and pack operations.

After the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments to celebrate this significant milestone. During a brief presentation, Stewart told the more than 300 attendees stories of the triumphs and difficulties he and his wife, Cindy, encountered as they launched the business from the garage of their home and how far they have come since then. Speaking with optimism about the future of Petra, he noted the significance of the warehouse expansion coinciding with its 30th anniversary.

“This warehouse is a game changer for Petra,” said Stewart. “No one in the business has the capabilities that this warehouse affords us, and the potential it has to help us grow is incredible.”

Petra President Tate Morgan said “Bill started this company with a vision to build a business on a foundation of service, integrity and value for customers that would adapt and change at the same rapid pace as our industry,” For this reason Morgan presented the Stewarts with a statue replicating The Guardian monument atop the Oklahoma State Capitol. He thanked him on behalf of all of the employees for creating a business that so many people have come to call home and for guiding that business into the industry leader that it is today.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) has unveiled its new 2016 line of in-dash multimedia DVD receivers designed for today’s music and technology-loving consumers. The nine new models, AVH-180DVD, AVH-280BT, AVH-X1800S, AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X4800BS, and AVH-X5800BHS double-DIN receivers, and AVH-X6800DVD and AVH-X7800BT single-DIN receivers, offer a range of entertainment and connectivity options including a new clear resistive touchscreen, advanced Bluetooth® connectivity with enhanced features like Dual Device Connection and Music Library Browsing over Bluetooth, Siri® Eyes Free, Spotify® as a dedicated A/V source, Pandora® with station presets and station creation, and FLAC file playback1.

“Today’s consumers want access to their favorite music in the car combined with the latest connectivity and communications features,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “With the addition of the extremely popular digital music service Spotify and FLAC file playback compatibility on our new line of multimedia DVD receivers, Pioneer continues to expand the music-listening options available to drivers.”

  • BLUETOOTH WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY – The AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X4800BS, AVH-X5800BHS and AVH-X7800BT feature built-in Bluetooth2 wireless capability for convenient hands-free calling as well as music streaming with compatible Bluetooth enabled devices. The Bluetooth models also feature Bluetooth Dual Device Connection for full-time connection of two smartphone devices at the same time. The feature enables a call to be picked up by either of the paired phones, eliminating the need to pair and unpair devices.
    • HFP 1.6 Wideband Speech – Hands Free Profile (HFP) 1.6 significantly increases the frequency bandwidth dedicated to voice calling (now 50Hz - 7kHz) and doubles the sampling frequency (now 16kHz) to produce significantly better sound quality for wireless conversations. Both the caller and call recipient experience clearer and more distinct sound.
    • Music Library Browsing over Bluetooth (AVRCP 1.5) – Users can now search album content over a wireless connection. iPhone devices can use Bluetooth to search through playlists, artists, songs, and genres. For Android® smartphones enabled with Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), users can browse through media folders via folder type. The smartphone device must be compatible with AVRCP 1.4 profile or newer to access Bluetooth Audio Browsing.
  • SIRI EYES FREE – Pioneer DVD models with Bluetooth enable users of iPhone 4s and above to access Siri Eyes Free3 with the simple press of a key. Siri Eyes Free allows users to make calls, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, get mapping information, listen to notifications, listen to calendar information and add reminders by voice.

EXPANDED ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS

  • SPOTIFY (All models except AVH-180DVD and AVH-280BT) – New for 2016 is the ability to control content from the Spotify app on iPhone and Android devices as a dedicated source on the receivers. Listeners can now play, pause and skip tracks using the Pioneer controls, and with a few taps, it is just as easy to browse playlists, albums and radio stations on the go. Premium4 users enjoy ad-free, high quality music that always keeps playing, even when there is no connection. Spotify on the new receivers works over Bluetooth for Android devices and Bluetooth or USB cable for the iPhone.
  • USB CONNECTIVITY – When connected to an iPhone, iPod, portable USB drive or compatible Android device via the USB port, users can use basic controls (Play/Pause/FF/Rev/Random/Repeat) and display track, artist and album information. Android devices must run OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or newer with Android Media Transfer Protocol.
  • PANDORA STATION CREATION and STATION PRESETS (AVH-1800S, AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X4800BS, AVH-X5800BHS) – With station creation on Pandora, listeners can effortlessly explore and discover new music using an iPhone (physical USB connection required) or Android smartphone. While listening to Pandora on the receiver, listeners can create a station based on the currently playing artist or track by simply touching a dedicated button on the screen. New for the 2016 DVD models, Pandora enables listeners to store their personalized stations on six presets for easy access on the receiver. Pioneer is the first car aftermarket manufacturer to offer this feature.
  • SIRIUSXM® RADIO CONNECTIVITY (AVH-1800S, AVH-X2800BS, AVH-X3800BHS, AVH-X4800BS AVH-X5800BHS) – Five double DIN models are SiriusXM compatible with the SXV300 SiriusXM Vehicle Connect Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). The SiriusXM Vehicle Connect Tuner offers a simple, cost-effective solution for adding satellite radio, and Pioneer's receivers include the Tune Start™, Tune Scan™, Tune Mix and Sports Flash features.
  • HD RADIO® TECHNOLOGY – For high quality audio broadcasts, the AVH-X5800BHS and AVH-X3800BHS feature a built-in HD Radio tuner, providing clear digital reception of HD Radio and additional multi-casting programming on HD1, HD2 and HD3 broadcasts from participating radio stations across the country.

ENHANCED LOOK AND FUNCTIONALITY
First introduced on Pioneer’s popular line of Networked Entertainment eXperience in-dash receivers, the entire line of 2016 DVD receivers features a new clear resistive touchscreen that provides brighter, more vibrant colors and increased touch sensitivity, making it more responsive than traditional resistive touch panels. All models (expect for the AVH-180DVD and AVH-280BT) also offer FLAC file playback capability at up to 48kHz/24bit high resolution CD-quality audio playback.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES 

  • High power MOSFET 50W x 4
  • All models except AVH-180DVD and AVH-280BT
    • Compatibility with Pioneer’s AVIC-U260 outboard navigation system (sold separately)
    • 13 band Graphic Equalizer with touch panel swipe setting and built-in high/low pass crossover with adjustable points and slopes
    • Built in Auto EQ and Time Alignment provides customized audio adjustments for the driver
      Advanced Sound Retriever®
  • The AVH-X3800BHS and AVH-X5800BHS offer two camera inputs for increased safety and convenience. The first input is dedicated for a backup camera (sold separately) and the second input can be used for additional assistance for driving, towing, or parking.
  • AVH-X6800DVD and AVH-X7800BT and single-DIN models feature motorized 7-inch touchscreen displays and detachable face security

For more information on the new line visit http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/PUSA/Car/ch.DVD-Receivers.Compare.

Pioneer’s multimedia DVD receivers will be available in November with suggested retail prices of: $230 (AVH-180DVD), $280 (AVH-280BT), $280 (AVH-X1800S), $330 (AVH-X2800BS), $380 (AVH-X3800BHS), $430 (AVH-X4800BS), $480 (AVH-X5800BHS), $450 (AVH-X6800DVD) and $500 (AVH-X7800BT).

NAV-TV has announced the release of the GMK-PRG. The GMK-PRG is a rear view camera* and additional video input integration solution for ALL 2013 and up Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, and the 2015 and up Chevrolet Trax.

The GMK-PRG joins the NAV-TV CTS-GVIF and  MyCUE interfaces, giving NAV-TV blanket safety integration coverage of ALL of the current Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC lineup. No dealership coding is required. The unit is 100% plug-and-play and will not affect the vehicle electrical warranty. For convenience, the GMK-PRG also provides two 12 volt+ outputs to power the aftermarket cameras. 

The rear view camera image is automatically displayed on the factory LCD screen whenever the vehicle is placed into reverse, and can be "forced on" and viewed in any gear through analog trigger activation. The additional included video input can be activated in any gear to incorporate optional equipment such as a front view camera, FLIR night vision, side view and 360 degree view camera systems, game consoles or any other external video source with a composite video output.  Multiple analog activation triggers means the GMK-PRG can also be used in conjunction with the NAV-TV SVS-6 Smart Camera Switch (NTV-KIT592) to incorporate up to 6 camera or video sources.*

The GMK-PRG is compatible with the following Chevrolet vehicles with full color LCD display:

2013 and up Chevrolet Sonic

2013 and up Chevrolet Spark

2015 and up Chevrolet Trax

The GMK-PRG (SKU# NTV-KIT626) is available and shipping now with an MSRP of $299. A demonstration video of the GMK-PRG may be viewed at https://youtu.be/1ui2Tw1WZr0. For more details and information regarding the GMK-PRG, or for information on our existing line of over 600 other integration and safety products, please call NAV-TV at (866) 477-3336 (USA and Canada toll free), (561) 955-9770 (International) or email our sales staff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* Cameras or optional video sources not included. Cameras are available and must be ordered separately 

Soundstream is now shipping PSS.4 power sport speakers. The New PSS.4 Four Inch100 Watt max speaker system has a 100% Waterproof enclosure with high-density ABS construction and UV coating. Integrated mounting bracket fits most roll bars or handlebar.

It contains quick disconnect wire terminals - Meets ROHS and CE certifications. They are perfect for those outdoors enthusiasts looking to enjoy their surroundings without having to sacrifice their love for music, according to the company.

The Soundstream PSS.4 power sport speakers contains the following features:

  • 100% Waterproof Enclosure & 4” Speaker System
  • High Density ABS Construction w/ UV Coating
  • Integrated Mounting Bracket Fits Most Roll Bar or Handlebar
  • Injection Molded Polypropylene Cone
  • 1” Titanium Dome Tweeter
  • Quick Disconnect Wire Terminals
  • Meets ROHS and CE Certifications

•  4-ohm System Impedance

4" 100 Watt Power Sports Speakers:

Size & Color 4” Titanium
MAX Power 100w
RMS Power 50w

For further product info: http://soundstream.com/store/pss-4.html

The organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) and Connected Car Expo announced today that 50 vehicle debuts, important business announcements and technological breakthroughs, shaping the future of the industry, highlight this year’s Press & Trade Days. An anticipated 20,000 auto and tech industry leaders, including more than 4,500 media from 60 countries, will gather in Los Angeles Nov 17, 18 & 19.

This year, breaking news will come not only from the auto manufacturers but from automotive technology companies as the two industries continue to collaborate and converge.

A few of the Show’s many global vehicle premieres include Buick’s redesigned LaCrosse, Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible and the new 2016 Nissan Sentra. In addition, Mitsubishi Motors will unveil the 2016 Outlander Sport with the company’s new Dynamic Shield design language, as well as the newly designed 2017 Mirage. Porsche will globally introduce the Cayman GT4 Clubsport racecar, designed for multiple racing series in North America. Not to be outdone, Scion will introduce a concept car which shows the company’s design direction for a new iconic vehicle.

Other vehicle debuts include Infiniti’s QX30 crossover, Hyundai’s Elantra, Kia’s next generation Sportage and Jaguar’s first performance SUV, the F-PACE. Elio Motors, Fiat, Ford Motor Company, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Volvo and Volkswagen are keeping their debut plans under wraps until closer to the show. Automakers presenting North American reveals include Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW and MINI.

This year’s vehicle debuts will deliver production and concept vehicles representing the ever-growing luxury, performance, low and zero emission categories. They range from flagship SUVs and ultra-luxury sedans to new compact entries and zero-emission production and prototypes.

Beyond the auto debuts, several companies will make important announcements about alternative fuel strategies, technology partnerships, new product releases and breakthrough technologies that begin to frame the future of the auto industry. To date, companies that have announced their intentions to make technology news include Volvo, Hyundai, Quanergy Systems, OpenCar and KPMG, to name a few.

“This year’s news comes from many sources and it’s fascinating to witness the dramatic and swift changes transforming the automotive business,” said LA Auto Show President, Lisa Kaz. “With all the new opportunities arising so rapidly in the automotive industry, we expect this year’s event to be the most exciting yet.”

For the third consecutive year, the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo (CCE) will kick-off Press & Trade Days on November 17. This opening day will be dedicated to the convergence of technology and the automobile and will occupy virtually the entire JW Marriott at the adjacent L.A. Live entertainment complex. The Connected Car Expo features over 40 exhibitors and sponsors, an entire day of presentations, news announcements and networking opportunities.

The two remaining Press & Trade days will continue at the Los Angeles Convention Center (November 18 & 19) with the support of major sponsors Autotrader, Pirelli and State Farm.

Registration for the Show is now open. CCE exhibitors and attendees with a three-day pass will be able to witness this year’s vehicle reveals and have access to an all-new CCE networking destination at the convention center.

For more information visit www.ConnectedCarExpo.com and www.LAAutoShow.com.

AAMP of America has introduced American International SBK925GB and Best Kits BKSBK925GB installation dash kits for the 2015 - 2016 Subaru Outback and Legacy.

These new American International and Best Kits dash kits facilitate the installation of one Double DIN radio or a Single ISO radio with pocket.

For a complete installation AAMP offers Best Kits antenna adapter BAA44, and American International LX8.

JVC Mobile, worldwide provider of audio/visual entertainment products for the vehicle, announced it has hired Adam Ortiz to assume the position of training manager. With almost 15 years of industry experience, Ortiz will strengthen the company's staff of nationwide instructors and keep dealers and distributors up to date on the brand’s latest products, features and programs.

Ortiz moves to JVC Mobile from sister company Kenwood, where he gained extensive experience working with retailers and installers across the United States to offer training and product support. In addition, he provided in-depth technical and sales instruction to West Coast retailers through the company's support department, and built show vehicles for major trade shows. Prior to Kenwood, Ortiz performed sales and installation duties for two major car audio retail chains. In his new position, Ortiz will leverage his experience to proactively train national accounts in key regions around the country.

"It's always great when you can get an industry professional who has seen time at the retail level to take on a training position," said Hazim Jainoor, marketing and training manager for JVC Mobile. "In addition to understanding our products and being able to explain features and benefits, he can also relate to the day-to-day issues of retailers, salespeople and installers and deliver product knowledge and advice in a real-world fashion. Adam has successfully demonstrated that ability and rapport throughout his career."

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20 Oct

How to Get Sales Leads to Chase You

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Entrepreneur.com -- I have a law degree, Masters of Business Administration and an economics undergraduate degree. But none of this formal education taught me how to generate demand and have a sales conversation. You can hang a sales sign or banner outside of your store, but none of those techniques puts you in the position of authority that’s needed to have an effective sales conversation. Authority is built one message at a time.

In July of 2002, I joined Infusionsoft.  My primary responsibility was bringing in sales, but I also did strategy, finance, marketing, bookkeeping, janitorial services and a host of other tasks. I had many different roles because, like every startup, I needed to wear any and every hat that was necessary to keep the business going.

My sales hat kept me busy most of the day. I'd spend countless hours prospecting for leads, getting them to finally answer their phones and then chase them for weeks. I felt like I was in a never-ending battle for survival, which put me in a really bad position to negotiate. Over time, I learned that effective sales conversations happen when people chase you, so I began to make the shift from salesperson to an authoritative advisor. Here are the things I've learned: 

Related: The 15 Characteristics of People Who Succeed at Sales

1. The manual sales process wastes time and money.

Spending time prospecting on social and spamming people who don't care to talk to you wastes time and money. The manual sales method that your parents passed down to you doesn't work effectively. Moving away from manual sales processes takes time, but is well worth the effort.

Most of my first year at Infusionsoft was spent knee-deep in sales and marketing. I used pay-per-click advertising to attract interest of potential customers. They’d click an ad, fill out a form on our website and I’d be notified that I had a lead. I’d then get on the phone as fast as possible to begin the sales conversation.

During the first call, I would diligently work to identify customer problems and educate them on the power of our software. More often than not, I would spend hours on the phone over weeks or months to close a sale. I used our customer relationship management functionality to keep track of the conversations and organize them based on how far they had gone in the sales process. Occasionally, I would send emails one by one to follow up after the call.

I used and perfected this manual sales process for over a year and was making slow, steady progress in the business. But, I didn't feel successful. I was wasting a lot of time chasing leads that didn’t care to talk to me. My conversations weren’t powerful or effective and didn’t leave me in a good position to negotiate. My sales weren't as large as I needed them to be and I had to figure out a way to get the phone to ring without so much effort.

Read the rest here: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249829

NY Times -- It is not every day you get to open a door and step into the future.

But to pull the handle on a newly updated Tesla Model S this week and slide into the driver’s seat was to catch a glimpse of the auto industry’s plans to soon let cars drive us, rather than the other way around.

The updated Tesla, an already high-tech electric car that starts at about $75,000, was equipped with what the company calls Autopilot — a semiautonomous feature that allows hands-free, pedal-free driving on the highway under certain conditions. The car will even change lanes autonomously at the driver’s request (by hitting the turn signal) and uses sensors to scan the road in all directions and adjust the throttle, steering and brakes.

It is the first time that a production vehicle available to consumers will have such advanced self-driving capabilities. Or more to the point, the first time they will be unleashed for driving 70 miles per hour along twisty, though clearly marked, highways for long stretches. (Other manufacturers like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz recently introduced their own semiautonomous features, but limit the functions to lower speeds or require the driver to constantly touch the wheel.) And it’s perfectly legal. Among the states, only New York has any law prohibiting hands-free driving.

 

Thursday morning, Tesla owners woke up to discover that their vehicles can wirelessly download the new autopilot feature as a software update. That means the next time you see a Model S cruising next to you on the interstate, look closely: It may be driving itself.

 

Autopilot is not free (the download costs $2,500), and it is not yet perfected (clear lane markings are needed, and bad weather can affect its abilities), but it works remarkably well under normal circumstances.

The feeling of gliding autonomously through highway traffic initially feels a bit unnerving, especially on the Washington area’s notoriously congested roads. But on a recent afternoon while testing Tesla’s autopilot, that feeling faded as I began to trust the car to keep its lane along the twisty highway that hugs the Potomac River in Virginia.

One of the most soothing aspects of the system was how natural the steering felt through the turns. To mimic a human driver is one of the big challenges automakers face in designing self-driving cars. That is because computers can be so perfect that they may constantly adjust to stay exactly in the middle of a lane, resulting in a lot of little jerky motions of the wheel that feels unnatural. Not the Tesla. It was silky smooth.

That does not mean, of course, that drivers can simply relax and let their minds wander. The car is skilled at keeping its lane, but when lane markings disappear or are significantly faded, you have to take over.

Similarly, when heading through construction zones, or when traffic is merging, the human driver is wise to keep full control. If you are in the right lane of a highway and cars are merging at slower speeds, most drivers want to move over a lane and go around them. But the Tesla does not know that. It will instead automatically slow to match the slower speeds of the merging cars.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/16/automobiles/tesla-adds-high-speed-autonomous-driving-to-its-bag-of-tricks.html?WT.mc_id=SmartBriefs-Newsletter&WT.mc_ev=click&_r=0

Next Avenue -- Sheryl Connelly is a futurist for Ford Motor Co., scanning the world for trends that will change the way we live and drive. She has been described as the Faith Popcorn of the auto industry and credited with keeping her company producing the right types of vehicles at just the right time.

The big trend happening before our eyes, she says, is the rise in the number of older people across the globe, which has major implications for getting around. “That’s ‘Trends 101,’” says Connelly, who studied finance before earning an MBA and a law degree.

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For many who are elderly now, being able to drive is essential to remaining home and maintaining independence. Their kids — the boomers who are causing the global demographic shift — don’t relish having to take away the car keys. Nor do they want the keys taken from them in the future. “They’re not likely to give up their autonomy and independence easily,” Connelly notes.

So Ford, along with other car companies, has put millions of dollars and years of research into figuring out how to keep current and future populations of elderly people driving safely. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk of being hurt or killed in a car accident rises with age, and as the over-65 population rises, the problem will get worse. But t high-tech features that auto companies are developing counter physical and mental changes that can happen with aging.

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Designed For Elderly And Working For Everyone

Since many of Ford’s engineers are young, to build their empathy as they build cars, these pros sometimes wear a Third Age Suit, a head-to-toe coverall that simulates what it’s like to be 60, 70 or 80.

The risk of being hurt or killed in a car accident rises with age, and as the over-65 population rises, the problem will get worse.

“It comes with glasses to mimic the effects of glaucoma, gloves that make you lose sensitivity and dexterity and braces around the neck, knees and elbow — you calibrate the tension and feel the restricted movement that comes with aging,” Connelly says. “Medical science tells us that aging brings slower response time, a limited range of motion and impaired vision. The suit tells us what that experience is like.”

Much of what automakers have already developed is being marketed for convenience. As with so many things meant to help the elderly, these solutions use universal design principles that help everyone.

Now, cars may come with voice-activation systems that let drivers keep their hands on the steering wheel; cameras to see behind the bumper; cross-traffic and blind-spot alerts or a steering wheel that vibrates if a driver crosses a lane. There are cars with parallel parking skills, laser headlights for optimal visibility and even sensors to measure if a parking slot is big enough for your vehicle before the car steers itself  in to it.

“These sensors and technology are all steps to get us closer to autonomous vehicles,” Connelly says. “Right now, all of the technology exists to make self-driving cars.”

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.nextavenue.org/why-boomers-will-push-for-self-driving-cars/

Brandmotion LLC, leading developer of driver safety and collision avoidance systems for the automotive aftermarket, introduced the third generation of its Curb-Alert front-end proximity sensor. Curb-Alert's ability to detect distance from curbs, parking blocks and other objects has saved vehicle owners thousands of dollars in bumper and fascia repairs. However, the newest version—Curb-Alert Park View PRO—allows the user to see, as well as be alerted to, obstacles with a camera that automatically shows the front view through a factory or aftermarket in-vehicle display.
"Carmakers have validated the benefits of front-view cameras, and as a result, current vehicle owners want to add front-vision safety to their vehicles as well,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. "To date, the only aftermarket options available require the user manually activate them, an additional step that adds to driver distraction. The Curb-Alert Park View PRO is the first aftermarket front-vision system that automatically turns on when a driver is close to an object, and the there are no switches to install or flip. It delivers a truly integrated experience that lets the driver focus on safe maneuvering.”
The Curb-Alert Park View PRO features a small, weatherproof sensor that mounts beneath the bumper, along with a high-resolution camera that provides a wide-angled view of the area in front of the vehicle. The patented system can be customized to the vehicle and driver preference with an adjustable sensing distance of between 12 and 28 inches. Once an object is detected, the Curb-Alert Park View PRO beeps an audible alert and triggers a connected radio display or monitor to turn on for 10 seconds. The display can be configured during installation to show park grid lines to aid in maneuvering.
While Curb Alert Park View PRO connects directly to any aftermarket display with RCA-type inputs, the automatic functionality of the system makes it an ideal add-on for vehicles that have a factory radio display. Brandmotion's new dual camera interfaces, made for select Ford, Chrysler and GM vehicles, enable a factory display to connect to both front and rear aftermarket cameras, or add a front camera and maintain the factory rear camera. Each is sold separately:
• Part No. 9002-2780 – Ford vehicles with 4” MyFord display; MSRP $389.95
• Part No. 9002-2781 – Ford vehicles with 8” MyTouch display; MSRP $429.95
• Part No. 9002-2782 – Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge vehicles with 6.1” MyGig display; MSRP $389.95
• Part No. 9002-2783 – Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge vehicles with 8.4” and 5” display; MSRP $429.95
• Part No. 9002-2763 – GM vehicles; MSRP $599.95
"Curb-Alert started as a favorite for Corvette owners who wanted to avoid damage to their cherished cars. A small curb tap on a Z06 can cost as much as $4,000 to repair," added Varick. "Now, anyone who is anxious about how close they can park to a garage wall or curb can have an automatic set of eyes to guide them, every day and every time they park." The Curb Alert Park View PRO has an MSRP of $249.95, and is available and shipping, along with the new dual-camera interface systems, to authorized Brandmotion retailers. For more information, visit Brandmotion.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion

GROM Audio announced the pre-order for its soon to be released HD Radio® Dongle. The HD Radio® dongle device (GROM-HDR1) is being released as an HD Radio® upgrade for the select GROM aftermarket integrated car kit products. It plugs into these car audio integration kits and extends their features and quality with HD Radio® receiver capability.
The dongle will retail for a suggested $89.99.

The GROM-HDR1 Dongle is a high definition Radio Tuning Device. As market reviews of this product suggest, this device promises to deliver the ultimate listening experience by offering static-free, crystal-clear audio from FM stations. It will add digital FM reception from more than 2,000 HD Radio stations and access HD2, HD3, and HD4 channels broadcast by any of those stations.

Standard analog radios simply cannot match up to the unique features provided by this device.
“HD Radio® Technology will take your radio to another level,” as reported by a GROM Audio representative at the 2015 International Consumer Electronic Show (CES), “With over 2000 HD Radio® stations broadcasting nationally, there’s a good chance you’ll find one or more in your area.”

The dongle radio device plugs to the extension port of GROM car audio integration system and allows users to control their media with the steering wheel as well as the car stereo controls. Moreover, all these features will be available without any subscription fees or contracts.
The new GROM-HDR1 HD Radio® Dongle target ship date is October 28th 2015. It is currently available for the pre-order at GROM Audio website. The company released the video tutorial of its HD Radio® Dongle in the Lexus vehicle.

GROM Audio is proud of its partnership with iBiquity Inc, the proprietor of HD Radio® technology. With its aftermarket car audio integration kits combined with GROM-HDR1 Dongle, the company is promising to deliver the HD Radio® capabilities to the owners of more than 30 car makes within US.

Green Car Journal has announced its five finalists for the magazine’s prestigious 2016 Green Car of the Year® award. The 2016 models include the Audi A3 e-tron, Chevrolet Volt, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, and Toyota Prius.

An increasing number of vehicle models are considered for the Green Car of the Year® program each year, a reflection of the auto industry’s expanding efforts in offering new vehicles with higher efficiency and improved environmental impact. Green Car Journal has been honoring the most important “green” vehicles every year at the LA Auto Show, since its inaugural award announced at the show in 2005.

“This is the strongest field of finalists we’ve seen in our annual Green Car of the Year® program,” said Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of the Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com. “Each of the five nominees makes a strong environmental statement in distinctly different ways, with a common strategy of recognizing what’s most important to today’s drivers. Their use of wide-ranging powertrain technologies underscores that all approaches are essential to achieving important environmental goals.”

 

The Finalists:

AUDI A3 E-TRON
The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi's entry in the hot plug-in hybrid vehicle market. This five-door hatchback uses lithium-ion batteries and a 102 hp electric motor to deliver up to 19 miles of all-electric driving, after which its 150 hp, 1.4-liter gasoline TFSI engine provides power for extended driving in efficient hybrid mode.

CHEVROLET VOLT
Chevrolet’s second generation Volt features sportier styling, better performance, and a lighter and more powerful two-motor drive system. The five-passenger, extended range electric now drives up to 53 miles on batteries alone, with its 1.5-liter gasoline powered generator creating on-board electricity to deliver an overall 420 mile range.

HONDA CIVIC
Now in its tenth generation, the all-new Honda Civic delivers exemplary fuel efficiency in an affordable, conventionally-powered model. The Civic thoughtfully blends hybrid-like fuel economy and appealing style, with an array of desired amenities and advanced electronics that meets the needs of a great many drivers.

HYUNDAI SONATA
Hyundai’s stylish 2016 Sonata offers it all with efficient gasoline, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid choices within the Sonata lineup. New this year, the hybrid delivers up to 43 highway mpg and features distinctive styling cues. The Sonata Plug-In Hybrid drives up to 24 miles on batteries with additional range on conventional hybrid power.

TOYOTA PRIUS
The venerable Toyota Prius emerges in 2016 a completely redesigned model, faithfully delivering the attributes expected of an industry-leading hybrid with important design, technology, and efficiency updates. It features a familiar yet bolder exterior and incorporates suspension and other improvements to deliver improved driving dynamics.

The Green Car of the Year® is selected through a majority vote by an esteemed jury that includes celebrity auto enthusiast Jay Leno, plus leaders of noted environmental and efficiency organizations including Jean-Michel Cousteau, president of Ocean Futures Society; Matt Petersen, board member of Global Green USA; Dr. Alan Lloyd, President Emeritus of the International Council on Clean Transportation; Mindy Lubber, President of CERES; and Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy.

During the award’s vetting process, Green Car Journal editors consider all vehicles, fuels, and technologies as an expansive field of potential candidates is narrowed down to a final five. Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar in environmental performance. Many factors are considered including efficiency, EPA and CARB emissions certification, performance characteristics, ‘newness,’ and affordability. Availability to the mass market is important to ensure honored models have the potential to make a real difference in environmental impact, and finalists must be available for sale by January 1st of the award year. 

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