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Leading up to CES 2016®, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® is highlighting technology that is improving the world. The Tech Changing the World campaign will run through CES 2016 highlighting how technology on the show floor benefits people globally and can address some of the world's greatest challenges. Owned and produced by CEA, CES 2016 will take place Wednesday, January 6-Saturday, January 9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

CES is not just about entertainment products and services; we're seeing cutting edge technology which helps mankind and betters our world," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "We are excited to tell this story to CES attendees and the global audience we reach to reinforce that CES is the home for life-changing tech that improves lives today and can solve global issues tomorrow."

Innovative technologies such as 3D printing, unmanned systems, health, smart homes and safe driving are all at CES across more than 20 Marketplaces and help improve the quality of our lives. CEA will showcase technology changing the world through digital content including blog posts, interviews, videos and Google Hangouts leading up to CES 2016.

A recent blog post featured CEA member and CES exhibitor 3D Systems who created 3D printed prosthetics to help a disabled dog gain mobility. "We believe everyone should have the means and the skills to transform potential into improved outcomes," said Cathy Lewis, chief marketing officer, 3D Systems. "From engine prototypes to flight-ready aerospace parts, from a surgical trial-run to medical implants and from a designer dress to intricate confections - our 3D technologies are changing the way all of us live, work and play."

So far, digital content for the Tech Changing the World campaign includes blog posts and videos on topics including mobile technology, Internet connectivity and clean cooking technology in the developing world, 3D printing's uses in surgery and prosthetics and more. CEA will continue its Tech Changing the World campaign through CES 2016 in January. Visit stay up to date with how technology is making our world cleaner save and a better place to live.

Omega Research and Development Technologies, Inc. added the new ECHO-5 to their line of ECHO Two-way upgrade kits. The ECHO-5 kit includes a Two-way ECHO antenna, harness, and the new #159 Two-way LCD controller. This kit allows you to add Two-way operation to any ECHO compatible Omega system.

The redesigned #159 controller features a larger LCD screen with easier to understand graphics. The laser engraved logo wraps the controller like a tattoo, and texturing on the rear offer the feeling of stitched leather. Combined, these artistic details give the controller an elegant look.

This new #159 controller is much smaller & thinner than previous Two-way controllers. The buttons have been arranged for easy day-to-day operation with enhanced icons showing primary functions and sub functions, eliminating guess work and helping the user get maximum functionality from the system.

For more information on Omega’s car security, keyless entry and remote start product lines, please visit,,, and

DD Audio’s VO-B3 super tweeter is now available. The VO-B3 made it’s debut at this year’s MERA Knowledgefest.

The VO-B3 is truly a PA-Style bullet tweeter designed for the mobile environment. DD Audio’s goal was to make the best sounding, easiest mounting high output tweeter on the market.

The VO-B3’s custom CNC machined body and die cast motor are designed to be as short as possible to allow for easy mounting in door panels and motorcycle fairings. The B3’s horn body is opened up to 110 degrees giving the listener a wider field of sound compared to similar styled tweeters. Another unique feature of the VO-B3 is it’s dual mounting options.

The installer has the option to flush mount with the trim bezel and back nut, or for more space constrained installs it can be top mounted using the machined screw holes in the tweeter body.

It comes as an 8 Ohm tweeter but optional 4 Ohm diaphragms are available.


Titanium Voice Coil 25.4mm

Neodymium Motor

Custom CNC Aluminum Body

Dual Mounting Options

Impedance: 8 Ohm

SPL: 106dB

Frequency Response: 3K-20K HZ

Power Nom. 50 W (Max 100 W)

Mounting Depth: 34mm/ 1.34in

Cutout Diameter: 43.5mm / 1.7in

STRUT®, known for its distinctive collections of grilles, wheels, and accessories for high-end automobiles and SUVs, has announced a new collection for the Tesla Model S the ultimate in luxury, performance, and technology in an electric car.

One option of STRUT’s Tesla Model S Collection features a custom-made carbon fiber grille with the distinctive STRUT shield, side-trim moldings and a rear spoiler. After purchase, owners can further personalize any of the collections components with color accents through a local custom shop.

“Carbon fiber is a great option for the Tesla S Collection,” said Simon Trumper, COO of STRUT. “Our engineering team chose the material for its high ratio of strength to weight—it adds zero weight to the car—and the finish is gorgeous. The result is a stunning collection that gives the Tesla S owner an opportunity to enhance the car’s exterior without affecting its driving performance. Recently, we tested our weight theory with our own Tesla S in an open-road, no-speed-limit event: the Sun Valley Road Rally. The vehicle achieved an unprecedented, near-record breaking speed of 157.9 mph—fantastic for an electric car!”

Suggested Retail Prices start at: USD $4,600

AAMP has introduced the PACBCI-CH21, a plug-and-play kit that facilitates the installation of a backup camera system to select Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles with CAN-Bus.

The popularity of in-vehicle backup camera systems has grown, especially fueled by them becoming universal in new vehicles off the lot. But, with the average age of the vehicles on the road being 11, there are still many drivers out there looking to enhance their car with a backup camera system.

“The BCI-CH21, and the entire PAC line of backup camera integration modules, gives drivers the ability to add a backup camera system to their vehicle, while retaining the factory look and experience,” says PAC Product Manager, Nathan Wincek. “Beyond the consumer experience, we have also designed the piece to allow for easy plug-and-play installation, enabling professional installers to better serve their customers.”

According to a recent consumer survey conducted by AAMP, 42% of respondents felt having a backup camera is “very important” and 25% “important”, yet 70% of respondents’ vehicles did not currently have a backup camera system and 60% of respondents said they would like to add this feature to their current vehicle.

In addition to the BCI-CH21, AAMP offers a full range of products that allow drivers to add a backup camera to their existing vehicle. While the BCI-CH21 enables backup camera integration into your factory screen, through AAMP’s safety brand Echomaster, consumers also have the option to replace their rear view mirror, with a mirror that displays your backup camera projection, including park assist.

“We recognize how important it is to feel safe every time you get behind the steering wheel,” says Global Safety and Convenience GM, Shaun Findley (based in Bordon, UK) , “which is why we have developed a global line of products that give drivers the ability to easily add a backup camera to any vehicle. We also believe that you should be able to personalize your experience, which is why we have products that let you pick your view: through the factory screen, or in your rear view mirror; and pick your camera.”

The Los Angeles Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo (CCE) has released its list of Top Ten Automotive Startups™ (Top 10). The startups were chosen because of their potential to shape the future of the new automotive industry and make cars safer, more accessible and more exciting.

The CCE Advisory Board chose the companies based on vision, innovation, unique perspective and the likelihood of technology adoption and success. The Top 10 are considered true standouts among an increasingly crowded field of technology companies emerging in the automotive space.

The Advisory Board is comprised of senior executives from companies including Aeris, AT&T, City of Los Angeles, Elektrobit, Ellis & Associates, Google, Microsoft, Mobile Electronics Group, NVIDIA, Pandora and Strategy Analytics.

Each of the Top 10 will be recognized as well as have their solutions on display at the award-winning Connected Car Expo. Part of LA Auto Show’s Press & Trade Days, CCE will be held at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live on Nov. 17.

2015 Top 10 Automotive Startups:

Capio is developing the next-generation speech recognition and natural language processing technologies that are redefining human computer interaction. Built on deep learning and parallel computing principles, Capio’s unique architecture delivers an unmatched combination of speed and accuracy for speech recognition and contextual understanding. The result is a human-like and conversational interface that connects with devices of all types, enabling a quantum leap forward for in-car, voice-activated experiences.

Driversiti is a cloud-based, situational awareness technology company focused on enabling mobile devices to transform from driving distractors to driver assistance systems. Its proprietary algorithms detect a broad range of driving behaviors and road conditions with an existing mobile device, then sends the data to its cloud-based platform which gathers and interprets the data in real time to provide valuable information back to drivers to keep them safe and informed. This is accomplished by combining machine learning with the ever-evolving array of built-in smartphone sensors without adding any additional hardware. To learn more, visit

Elio Motors is an American startup automaker that produces three-wheeled personal transportation vehicles as a solution for today’s generation of drivers. Elio Motors delivers a fun-to-drive, supereconomical, environmentally friendly personal transportation alternative. The Elio is designed to achieve up to 84 MPG with a targeted $6,800* base price. To learn more, visit

Getaround empowers people to safely share cars by the hour and day. Combining Getaround Connect™, their patented connected car technology, with auto insurance coverage backed by Assurant, Getaround creates a seamless and fun sharing experience. Getaround members can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. Owners share cars ranging from a Smart Fortwo to a Tesla earning thousands in extra income each year to offset the high cost of car ownership, while making a positive impact on the environment. For more information, visit

High Mobility makes cars more responsive to a user’s presence. Its software framework enables cars to securely identify and communicate with users via wearables and other devices. This includes linking autonomous drive features with wearables to take advantage of a multitude of real-time health data from heart rate monitors or other devices like FitBit. To learn more, visit

HopSkipDrive, a ride service for kids, was founded by three experienced professionals who are also working moms. They understand the stress of getting kids where they need to go and created HopSkipDrive to address this pain point for all families. Parents books rides through the app or website and can track their child's ride in real-time. All CareDrivers have at least 5 years of childcare experience and are fingerprinted through the TrustLine registry. The HopSkipDrive platform includes built-in stringent safety features that monitor things like driver speed and whether a driver is using their phone while driving. To learn more, visit

Nebula Systems developed a secure, cloud-based, vehicle data analytics platform, MECH5®, which accesses the vast and unexploited data generated by modern vehicles. This platform addresses the main connected car concern: limitation in obtaining key data from virtually any car, and aims to become the defacto data enabling platform for the connected car ecosystem. To learn more, visit

Quanergy has developed smart sensing solutions for real-time 3D mapping and object detection, tracking, and classification. It is the leading manufacturer of 3D time-of-flight solid state LiDAR sensors designed to meet all four key commercialization criteria: cost, performance, reliability and size. Mapping is critical for the future of safer vehicles and delivering autonomous solutions. To learn more, visit

Sober Steering, the world's only touch based alcohol interlock, has developed groundbreaking technology to prevent drunk driving. Its sensors, inserted directly into a steering wheel of a vehicle, have proven that alcohol can be detected at the palm of the hand in less than five minutes after initial ingestion. If alcohol is detected above a preset limit, the vehicle is immobilized. Random retests ensure the driver maintains sobriety while en route. Its Zero Tolerance System is designed for fleets like school buses, coaches, hazmat, and construction vehicles. To lean more, visit

TriLumina, a semiconductor laser technology company, has developed a family of fast, powerful and cost-effective semiconductor lasers that will allow cars to see, think, predict and react. TriLumina is focused on lasers for solid-state automotive laser radar (LiDAR) technologies and smart illumination products in driver monitoring sensing applications. TriLumina lasers are a platform technology as use cases extend beyond the automobile to 3D depth sensing, human machine interfaces, and IR sensing in robotics, industrial applications and in the home. To learn more, visit

“The startups being honored as this year’s Top 10 are truly innovative and are enhancing the automotive and tech industries to change the future of transportation,” said Andy Gryc, CCE Conference Director. “We’re excited to introduce these companies at CCE in front of our audience of media, industry experts and automotive thought leaders.”

Top 10 media partner, Fortune, dives deeper into each of these startups in its latest issue on newsstands now.

CCE is the award-winning conference and trade show that unites innovators, manufacturers, futurists and influencers to further the convergence of technology and the automobile. CCE will be followed by LA Auto Show’s press and trade events at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Nov. 18-19. CCE exhibitors and attendees with a premium pass can witness this year’s vehicle debuts and have access to an all-new CCE networking destination at the convention center.

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Metra Electronics has announced its new radio installation kit for the 2015 and newer Toyota Camry.

Part number 99-8249 is designed for both single DIN and DDIN installations. The parts are built and painted in multiple colors to match the factory color and appearance.

Installers can use the AXXESS ASWC-1 to retain the factory audio steering wheel controls and check, Metra's app, or for information about harnesses, interfaces, and antenna adapters available to complete the installations in these vehicles.


Epsilon has announced its new Precision Powerclass subwoofers. The subs have a wild-looking dustcap that acts as a heatsink to extract heat from the coil gap. It is also embedded into recesses in the cone and stiffens the cone for durability and to eliminate cone flex which cases radiated noise.

All in all, this subwoofer is a result of strong engineering and dedication to the competitor in all of us.

The Precision Power Powerclass Subwoofers contains the following features:

  • Composite Blend Fiber/pulp cone, rigid for extreme conditions
  • Aluminum heatsink center cap removes harmful heat build-up
  • Inverted rubber surround with harsh chemical protection
  • PVC rubber trim ring and gasket seals potential air leaks
  • 5” 4-layer Dual Voice Coil Configuration for Any Application
  • 8ga compressed terminals secure wire connections
  • Dual poly-cotton suspension maintains velocity control
  • Diecast aluminum frame w/powder coat finish
  • 170 oz. magnet increases dynamic performance
  • Vented T-Yoke backplate improves thermal venting
  • Complete recone kits available

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Los Angeles-based investment group CV&DA Holdings, Inc., (CVDA) owners of the Cerwin-Vega
Mobile, Diamond Audio, and Caché brands has announced that it has completed its acquisition of a
103,350 Sq. ft. facility situated right besides the University of Southern California (USC) campus.

Renovations has already begun to turn the building into a state-of-the-art-facility featuring first-class
amenities. CVDA seeks to provide a modern working business environment that also serves as a
place for creativity and collaboration amongst employees and their respective departments for its
new headquarters.

CVDA will maintain its operations at its existing location of 1225 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
during the renovation period and will still utilize the facilityʼs existing warehouse for much needed
space. With itʼs continued growth curve amongst CVDAʼs portfolio of brands, expansion is
necessary and the new facility will be able to accommodate new ventures and product categories
the company has envisioned for the future.
The new building consists of three floors with over 37,000 square feet of office space with the
remaining area open warehouse space. The warehouse consists of an 8 dock high loading
position for convenient inbound/outbound movement of merchandise. A 6,000 lb. freight elevator
services its third floor. Once completed, this facility will help streamline all points of operations and
create much better efficiency for the organization.
CVDA expects renovations to be completed within the next few months and plans to transition into
the new facility before year-end.

Metra Electronics has announced its radio installation kit for all variations of the 2015 and newer VW Golf.

Part number 99-9013HG is designed for both single DIN and DDIN installations. The parts are engineered for sturdy support by using a set of brackets that mount to a sub-dash bracket, then covered by a gloss black trim plate.

Be sure to use the AXXESS ASWC-1 to retain the factory audio steering wheel controls and check, Metra's app, or for information about harnesses, interfaces, and antenna adapters available to complete the installations in these vehicles.

New York Times -- Brian Wilcox, 30, is a customer service specialist for K40 Electronics, in Elgin, Ill.

Q. What do you do at your company?

A. We sell car radar- and laser-detection devices to dealers. After a customer buys a device from a dealer and registers it, he or she can call me directly for follow-up questions about installation, operation or anything else.

How does one train for that?

I started in sales at the age of 20 in Naples, Fla., selling luxury cars. K40 hired me five years ago to do inside sales. But since I have dyslexia, which was first diagnosed when I was in fourth grade, written communication has been a lifelong challenge for me. Peggy Finley, the owner and C.E.O., said, “Now we’re aware of what you can’t do. So let’s give all those tasks to someone else and find things you can do that we need done.” They created a whole new position retrofitted for my skills.

How do you get around dyslexia on the job?



I’m an excellent listener and communicator. I also have a really good memory. I’m great at putting voices together with people’s history if they call back. K40’s staff is small enough to work like a team — some have worked here 20 or 30 years — so I feel everyone has my back, as I have theirs. In difficult situations I know I can turn to the team for help, but I’m fully empowered to do whatever is necessary to fulfill the end user’s needs. Siri also makes for a great secretary.

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Aftermarket mobile electronic manufacturer AAMP, introduced American International GMK367B and Best Kits BKGMK367B installation dash kits for the 2011 - 2015 Chevrolet Cruze and select 2016 models of the Cruze.

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 PAC radio replacement interfaces RP4-GM41 & RP5-GM51,  Best Kits antenna adaptor BAADIN22, and American International antenna adaptor EU08.


DOW Electronics announcedthat Donald Jarski has joined the company to support and grow the 12Volt Audio and Video segment. Mr. Jarski joins DOW after many years of working in various roles in the 12volt industry.


Mr. Jarski will take on the role of 12 Volt System Engineer, supporting 12volt retailers across the south with expert product and installation knowledge. Mr. Jarski is familiar with all levels of the 12volt industry having started as an installer early in his career and working his way up to running his own retailer shop beginning in 1997.


“I’m very excited to continue my career in the 12volt industry and to be with a well-known and respected distributor such as DOW Electronics,” stated Mr. Jarski. “I look forward to sharing my passion for car audio with a new set of retailers.”

“Don brings a fresh perspective having owned a retail shop until recently.” added strategic sales manager Mike Barcia. “His knowledge and skills will be an asset to retailers that have questions or need assistance. Don is another strong member of our award winning 12volt team.”

USA Today -- Teenagers, already saddled with worries about grades, soon will encounter cars that can issue their own "report cards" when it comes to driving skills.

Several companies, ranging from global automakers to technology start-ups, have introduced services that enable parents to track, influence or restrict the driving habits of their teenage children.

General Motors will go a step further later this year when it installs an optional system on certain 2016 Chevrolet Malibu models that will compile a touch-screen "report card" for parents that will blow a whistle if their kids' speed or drive aggressively.

"The whole point is to help teens develop safe-driving habits," Detroit-area GM engineer MaryAnn Beebe said in a recent interview while giving a demo of the new Teen Driver system.

The report card is visible only to parents via a personal identification number (PIN), and the data is not sent to GM servers. The data is housed in the vehicle itself.

Chevy's new system will eventually be made a standard feature on all the brand's vehicles, GM spokesman Chad Lyons said. For now it's part of an optional upgrade to premium trim levels.

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KICKER Performance Audio has announced the availability of the TWEEQ application for Android Version 4.0 (a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich) or later. This free app is available on Google Play and allows tuning of a KICKER Q-Class audio system from a smartphone or tablet.

The TWEEQ app/software is an advanced audio setup and tuning application that comes standard with all KICKER IQ-Series Amplifiers, though it must be downloaded while hard-wired to a PC or wirelessly using the app. The software features a graphical user interface (GUI) and features full crossover control, gain levels, 1/3rd octave equalization, speaker distance calculations, time alignment and a compressor/limiter for every channel of the amplifier.

Use of the TWEEQ app with a smartphone or tablet requires a Bluetooth connection, and the KICKER IQ-Series Interface (IQI) allows the TWEEQ app to control as many as four IQ-Series Amplifiers simultaneously via Bluetooth.

The TWEEQ app is already available for free on iTunes for iOS 7.0 or later, as well as Windows 7 and 8 through

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 Follow KICKER socially at,,, or

DD Audio recently released the CC2 2nd order high power 2-Way passive crossover. The addition of the CC2 expands upon DD’s current selection of application specific passive component crossover networks; such as the CC1 and CC3. With the growing trend of PA style mobile installs the need for PA style installation accessories is growing as well.

The CC2 was designed to be the perfect compliment to the DD-VO Series components. The circuit design is based off high end PA loudspeaker crossovers, and features high heat resistors and air core coils for durability in long term high power applications.

The CC2 is designed to handle up to 250 watts RMS power, and utilizes a crossover cut at 4.5kHz with 12 dB per octave roll-off into a 4 ohm load. The CC2 also features 5 levels of tweeter attenuation 0, -3, -6, -9 and -12 dB. The mounting dimensions are 5.5" x 3.75" x 1.5".

Diamond Audio is now shipping its highly anticipated Motorsport series speakers. Designed for those that enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and are passionate about great sound quality, the new Motorsport series speakers are manufactured for activities in the marine, all-terrain, and recreational/leisure sectors. They are engineered to provide high far-field audio performance while being able to withstand the harshest environmental conditions.
The Motorsport series speakers consist of 3 models, the HXM525 (5.25”), HXM65 (6.5”), and HXM (8”). All models feature a 1” bridge-mounted titanium dome tweeter that delivers crisp and accurate highs. The mid-bass driver is designed with a thermal molded waterproof Kevlar® aramid fiber cone that is lightweight but strong and provides for quick musical transition and minimizes output distortion. Impressive mounting depth specs of Motorsport series speakers result from a balanced super high-energy neo motor system design.

So compact, Motorsport series speakers will drop right into fairings of major motorcycle brands and are an ideal high performance audio factory replacement solution, according to the company. An all weather UV-treated rubber surround and injected composite basket provides protection from the harsh elements of the outdoors. Motorsport series speakers also feature integrated RGB LED mood lighting (fixed or audio sensing) for dusk/nightfall use.

Model HXM525 HXM65 HXM8
Power Handling 60W RMS/300 PEAK 80W RMS/400 PEAK 120W RMS/500PEAK
Nominal Impedance 4Ω 4Ω 4Ω
Frequency Response (Hz) 55-23kHz 45-23kHz 35-23kHz
Fs-Free Air Resonance (Hz) 90 75 58
Qts 0.781 0.783 0.780
Vas – cu. ft. 0.106 0.159 0.689
Sensitivity (1W/1M) 89dB 90.5dB 92dB
Sensitivity (2.83V/1M) 92dB 93.5dB 95dB
Xmax – Inch 0.16 0.16 0.2
Mounting Diameter 4.6” 5.27” 7”
Mounting Depth 2.18” 2.18” 3.01”
Grill/Trim Ring YES YES YES
Retail pricing for the new Motorsport series range from $349.99-$399.99 MSRP.

The Fulmer Companies announced the appointment of Nick LoMonaco to the position of Vice President for the Memphis Audio brand.

LoMonaco is not a stranger to the Fulmer Companies, recently serving as the Director of Powersports for Fulmer Helmets and Apparel where he revamped the product line with new graphics, features and styling. As a lifelong audio enthusiast he worked to create a Powersports Division for Memphis Audio leading to his transition into the position of Vice President.  

LoMonaco’s main objective in his role, is to elevate the product line and freshen the Memphis Audio brand.  “Nick’s goal is clear. He will build upon the quality products you’ve come to expect with Memphis Audio while improving our visual and brand appeal to impress both our dealers and consumers,“ says Arthur Fulmer President of the Fulmer Companies.  

LoMonaco began his career in the 12-Volt Industry in 2005 in the audio-focused, Phoenix market where he excelled in sales, marketing and brand management for several international brands prior to accepting a position with the Fulmer Companies. This innovative, go-getter plans to bring Memphis Audio to the forefront of the car, marine and power sports audio marketplace.

Massive Audio of So Cal USA, maker of high performance mobile audio for over 16 years, has released the new D1600.4 Full Range Digital Amplifiers. Styled to match with the already successful D-Block Series the D1600.4 four channel amp has all the power, features and CEA compliance to be label Massive.

The cosmopolitan brushed aluminum heat sink is centered by a soft blue backlit Massive Logo. The four coroner Hex bolts conceal the hidden mounting holes for clean installation. MSRP is $649.95

       D1600.4 Features Include:

  • 300Watts RMS X 4 @ 4 Ohm
  • 400Watts RMS X 4 @ 2 Ohm
  • 800Watts RMS X 2 @ 4 Ohm Bridged
  • Input Sensitivity Pre In: 0.2-5V
  • Speaker In: 0.4-10V
  • LPF: 50-750KHz
  • HPF: 10-200KHz
  • Frequency Response: 20-20KHz
  • Bass Boast: 30-90Hz
  • Bass Boast Level: 0dB-12dB
  • THD @ 4Ohm: >0.15%
  • S N Ratio: >70dB
  • Efficiency (CEA-2006): >85%
  • Minimum Load: 2ohm
  • Dimensions: 2.1” x 6.5” x 12.1

PC Mag -- Thanks to Internet connectivity, cars are becoming more like computers, smartphones, and tablets. But as with consumer electronic devices, most people who own a car don't use and probably aren't even aware of all the tech features that come with their vehicles.

That's what J.D. Power and Associates found in a new report that surveyed 4,200 car buyers from April through June of this year about the tech features in their new vehicles. The report revealed that at least 20 percent of respondents "never used" more than half—16 out of 33—of the vehicle technology features mentioned in the survey.

More than half of those surveyed said they don't use their vehicle's voice-texting and voice-recognition systems, and 32 percent ignored in-dash apps such as Pandora and Yelp. The report noted that 38 percent didn't care about their car's ability to create a Wi-Fi hot spot in the cabin using built-in wireless broadband connectivity. And of those surveyed, 35 percent didn't use their car's automatic parking feature, 43 percent never called a "concierge service" to provide navigation directions or a restaurant reservation, and a third didn't depend on a heads-up display to project information onto a car's windshield.

This isn't much different from the average person using their PC or other electronic device. I know I don't use all of the features on my devices.

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