Alpine Electronics Restyles Mindsets and Vehicle Dashboards with the New X009 Series Audio/Video/Navigation System with a 9-Inch Screen
Jul 8 14
Alpine Electronics announced that it is restyling mindsets and vehicle dashboards with the new X009 series Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) system with a 9-inch screen. The X009-GM, designed for GM trucks and SUVs, is the first model in the series and is now shipping. The X009U for custom applications is also now available. Accompanying the launch of the X009 series is the new 'Alpine Restyle' product, marketing and sales strategy. After conducting extensive research, the company found that the truck and SUV vehicle platform, along with the lifestyles lived by the owners of these vehicles, provided the best opportunity for innovation with the X009 series. Various external and internal activities are underway to reach these vehicle owners through social media programs, advertising, consumer events and in-store displays. The Alpine Restyle strategy was recently shared with authorized Alpine retailers at a launch event, where attendees learned why and how they should target these consumers. Totally unique to the X009 series are external keys that integrate into the factory radio's outer bezel. The keys are custom designed with ergonomics and the Alpine style in mind, matching the lighting color and style of specific truck and SUV models. The X009-GM consists of the 9-inch AVN system and custom external key set for 2007-2013 GM trucks and 2007-2014 GM SUVs with the low-radio dash style. The X009-GM's external keys are backlit in the same green hue used on the factory dash. Additional versions of the X009 AVN system packaged with external key sets for other trucks and SUVs will be introduced later this year. The X009-GM retains many factory vehicle controls through the included iDatalink Maestro module and vehicle-specific T-harness. Features that can be retained include: OnStar(TM) from GM, factory audio amplification, rear seat entertainment system, rearview camera, SiriusXM, and steering wheel controls. Additional vehicle functions that are accessible through the Maestro module include vehicle gauges, tire pressure, "check engine" warnings, and factory parking sensor integration (retained features and customized vehicle information vary by vehicle model). The iDatalink Maestro module is also compatible with the X009U but is sold separately. The X009-GM and X009U can be used with TuneIt 2.0, Alpine's exclusive smartphone app for in-vehicle sound tuning. TuneIt 2.0 also notifies the user of incoming activity on his or her Facebook wall through a pop-up message on the screen, displaying the name and photo of the sender. If the user chooses to accept the notification, TuneIt 2.0 will play the message back via text-to-speech and the user can 'Like' the message through the press of a button. When the vehicle is parked, the user can view posted photos and messages on the screen. The X009-GM and X009U can control various audio sources for a wide range of entertainment choices. Both models have a built-in HD Radio receiver and offer Pandora control from iPhone and Android smartphones. They are 'Made for iPod and iPhone' compatible and have rear USB access. They are also compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio when used with the SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit. The 9-inch screens on the AVN systems are full WVGA high-resolution displays with crisp, detailed picture quality. The Independent Dual Zone feature lets drivers use a source in the dash while the back seat passengers enjoy a separate video on the rear seat screen (optional screen sold separately). The models also have an HDMI input to allow video playback from smartphones or other HDMI-equipped devices.
Alpine Electronics, Inc. to Report Q1, 2015 Results on Jul 31, 2014
Jul 4 14
Alpine Electronics, Inc. announced that they will report Q1, 2015 results on Jul 31, 2014
Alpine Electronics, Inc. and FUJITSU TEN LIMITED Reach Basic Agreement on Joint Development of In-Vehicle Platform
Jun 18 14
Alpine Electronics, Inc. and FUJITSU TEN LIMITED have reached a basic agreement to jointly develop the platform for in-vehicle devices in order to improve product competitiveness. The joint development focuses on the basic software part common to products of both companies, and each company independently commercializes a product. As automobiles are electronized, the in-vehicle devices provided by automotive electronics manufacturers like become more sophisticated and combination of their functions is progressing. In addition, customer needs for the in-vehicle devices are changing. There is a growing need for combining the functions of consumer electronic products represented by smartphones and the in-vehicle devices, and the roles of the in-vehicle devices are expanding. To meet these needs, work on developing the platform for in-vehicle devices. Moreover, improve the development efficiency through the joint development by both companies.