Well CES is all over and we’ve got some exciting new announcements of up and coming technology for your cars. Here’s a Top 5 Breakdown of what’s up and coming in 2015
1. JL Audio introduces it’s first powered subs!
Yes’ it’s true. JL showed a new line of speaker enclosures featuring the 8W3 with on board amplification. It’s not clear exactly how this new technology will be packaged but it’s an interesting step and we’re expecting to see some of this technology in April.
2. Welcome Android Auto
With the great success we saw last year of Apple’s embedded Car Play, Android was quick to announce it’s own version of embedded car based system. New Android 5.0 phone users will be able to enjoy the new Android Auto experience on new Pioneer and Kenwood radios with the new software release. It will allow users to stream content and control several apps in a user friendly manner directly from the car infotainment system. Check out Android Auto for more info.
3. Attention Truck Lovers, Alpine Wants You!
Alpine has added even more kits to their lineup to upgrade your truck to feature a new 9 inch radio. It’s the largest aftermarket in dash screen to date and it’s built around your factory dash. The latest additions include the new 2015 GM Truck lineup and the 2015 Ram lineup. Not only that, but Alpine has also released a new flat subwoofer designed to fit all 07-13 trucks with a very unusual appearance designed to directly fit behind the rear seats.
4. Kenwood gets Apple Car Play
2014 was definitely the year of Apple Car Play and Pioneer was clearly the winner when it came to backwards integration of the Car Play OS into it’s existing NEX lineup. Alpine released their new Car Play radio in the new ILX007, but it was a little late in the game. This year Kenwood is finally releasing it’s own Car Play radios with all the bells and whistles you’re used to from Kenwood as well as Android Auto compatibility. We’re excited to see these new radios but we don’t expect them until Late April.
5. SenseHUD, the future of Aftermarket Heads Up Displays
We’ve begun to see more and more OEM’s integrate heads up displays into their vehicles. Well, here’s one company that’s taken it one step further. Rather than simply diisplaying your vehicle speed, the innovators at SenseHUD have developed a HUD that reflects your phone’s screen onto a piece of electro-chromatic glass that can be installed on your dash. We’re currently seeking more information on this and we’ll keep you updated on availability and pricing. It’s still very early in the development cycle but it does seem promising. For more info visit SenseDriver.com