Radenso Radar Announces “Theia” Radar Detector

CINCINNATI, OH (11.14.2019) – Radenso Radar has announced their new halo product “Theia,” the world’s first and only radar detector that uses artificial intelligence.

Powered by “Rai,” Radenso’s patent pending AI “electronic warfare” platform, Theia is the first detector in the world to completely eliminate false alerts from vehicle safety systems such as blind spot monitors and radar cruise control. Theia also delivers desirable features such as directional arrows, a premium metal case, WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity, and another world first: the ability to specifically identify police radar guns by name.

“We are doubling-down on the radar detector category,” President and CEO Jonathan Dandrow states. “Our multi-million dollar investment in this project, including the construction of a complete microwave R&D lab in Cincinnati, demonstrates the lengths we are willing to go to create the best products and innovate in the field we are deeply passionate about. We appreciate our retailers and partners that have helped us grow, and we look forward to supporting them for the long run with this new platform and our expanded engineering capabilities.”

In addition to providing Theia with the most sensitivity of any radar detector in the world, another benefit of using artificial intelligence is rapid updates. Radenso states that if a new “false positive” radar emitter is found, the AI can be “trained” to filter it out in less than one hour. This speed of updates is revolutionary; currently humans must try to filter false alerts with complicated mathematical algorithms that take months or years to develop. Dandrow points out that this is a bonus for installing dealers, who no longer will have to worry if a car’s safety systems will interfere with the customer’s new radar detector.

Theia will be shipping in 2020.

Visit radenso.com for more.

Ricky Smith’s Audio Tent Sale & Cruise In

LAFAYETTE, LA (11.14.2019) – The second annual Tent Sale and Cruise In drew cars, Jeeps, trucks and a Sling Shot to the Ricky Smith’s Audio parking lot on Saturday, November 9th.

Event signage grabbed attention from the busy Johnson Street thoroughfare.

“The weather was perfect. The deals we had in place were smoking. We had quite a selection of vehicles in the lot of the shopping center. A really unique older Ford pickup, Charger, Mustang and a Sling Shot were attention getters. The Sling Shot highlighted a recent installation we did with 4 speakers, amp and head unit. All could hear the Sling Shot across the parking lot” Alan Benit stated.

This unique highly customized pickup is thought to be a Ford.

The large custom Ricky Smith’s Audio tent attracted attention from the busy Johnson Drive in front of the shopping center.

This SlingShot, that had a recent extensive audio upgrade at Ricky Smith’s, rocked with its owner.

Ricky Smith’s Audio is a MESA member and utilized their ever growing email database to deliver information about the promotion. Benit offered “It was very good to see people come into the store with our Tent Sale and Cruise In promo on their phones. We sold a number of the bass packages we featured on the email.”

While the event was successful, the Alabama-LSU game that started at 2:30 on Saturday afternoon definitely slowed activity at the event.

For more see @rickysmithsaudio on Instagram.

Fortin Releases New EVO 4 SERIES RF Solutions

MONTREAL, QUEBEC (11.14.2019) – Fortin has introduced its new EVO 4 SERIES RF solutions. EVO 4 SERIES lineup includes 3 1-way or 2-way FM 433 MHz RF kits, all supplied with two controllers, a Fortin FMH Antenna and an antenna cable.

The RFK411 RF kit includes two RM411 1-button 1-way remotes that cover 2,000 feet (600 meters). The RFK441 RF kit includes two RM411 4-button 1-way remotes that cover 2,800 feet (850 meters). Finally, the RFK442 RF kit includes two 4-button 2-way remotes that cover 3,000 feet (915 meters).

Fortin Electronic Systems is a world-leading developer and manufacturer of integrated consumer solutions for vehicle control and connectivity.

Visit www.fortin.ca to discover more remote starter, immobilizer bypass and security system solutions or contact us at sales@fortin.ca to receive additional information about our products and solutions.

IASCA Enters a New Chapter with Travis Chin at the Helm

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (11.13.2019) – IASCA Worldwide President Paul Papadeas announced today that the Premier Sound-off Association is changing hands in ownership.

Long time IASCA competitor, Certified Judge, Judge Trainer and Event Producer Travis Chin assumes the mantle as leader of the car audio marketing organization formed in 1987.

Travis Chin

“Travis has been a competitor since 1994, and is an IASCA Certified Judge and Judge Trainer, participating and producing events nationally and traveling, training IASCA Judges internationally,” said Papadeas. “He has demonstrated the posture of a leader and a professional, befitting of the industry’s premier Sound-off organization, and is well respected among his peers.”

“Having been involved with IASCA for close to 20 years and in the last decade as its Director, the feeling is bittersweet, but I’m very excited for the future of the organization under Travis’ leadership” said Moe Sabourin, Director of Operations for IASCA Worldwide. “I’m quite confident that Travis, along with IASCA’s group of colleagues nationwide and internationally, will keep the IASCA mission moving forward. We at the current IASCA office will work closely with Travis and his team to make the transition as seamless as possible.”

“I’m excited to take over the IASCA mission” said Travis Chin, “it’s been one of my passions for a long time. Over the next several weeks, I plan to work with Moe and Kim Sabourin to become acclimated. I look forward to upholding the principles and traditions that IASCA has established over the last 32 years. I will also enjoy connecting with industry leaders and work with the other associations to further the promotional efforts that are most important to the industry.”

Papadeas commented, “Throughout the last three decades, industry has benefitted in many ways from Sound-off events; they are the best grass roots efforts to promote consumer exposure and are worthy of manufacturer support. At this phase of my career after close to 50 years, I feel it important to pass the association on to a new generation, to a person as passionate about our industry as I have been; Travis is that person. I personally implore all car audio manufacturers and enthusiasts to support Travis in IASCA’s continuing mission.”

“I would like to thank all the competitor, dealer and industry supporters, as well as our international affiliate nations, for their commitment to IASCA during our tenure” Papadeas continued to say, “It has been an honor to serve you for close to 20 years.”

Official transfer of IASCA ownership will take place December 1st, 2019.

For more info on IASCA Worldwide, contact Travis Chin at travis@iasca.com, Moe Sabourin at moe@iasca.com or Kim Sabourin at memberservices@iasca.com

Rockford Fosgate Introduces New Audio Kits For Harley-Davidson Road King Motorcycles

TEMPE, AZ (11.13.2019) – Road King riders can now experience great Rockford Fosgate audio out on the open road.

Rockford Fosgate the industry leader in high-performance audio systems, is proud to announce its new line of audio kits purpose built for Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycles. With an MSRP of $1199.99, the Road King kits are expected to begin shipping by year end.

“Both the 2014+ and 1998 – 2013 kits are designed to deliver an exceptional sound experience while retaining as much interior bag space as possible,” explained Greg Cobbs, Rockford Motorcycle Sales Manager. “The amplifier mounts to a custom plate inside the rear of the bag and powers 6 by 9 speakers installed into the top of the bag lids. Then the rider simply connects their smartphone via the included Bluetooth module and they’re ready to ride.”

The 6×9 inch bag lid speakers install seamlessly into the top of the factory bag lids using the included cutting template, waterproof bag lid mounts, and speaker grilles. They are then connected to the 400-watt amplifier and Bluetooth receiver via a plug and play wiring harness.

The entire system is Element Ready to withstand rain, dirt, and dust in the riding environment. The speakers are also highly efficient and tuned to overcome wind, exhaust and road noise.

Additional features and specifications for the HD14RK-Stage2 and HD9813RK-Stage2 include:

  • Element Ready Power Series 400-watt 4 channel amplifier
  • Element Ready Motorcycle Specific Power Series 6×9 inch Speaker (pair)
  • Amplifier installation kit with mounting brackets, speaker grilles, and wiring harness with Bluetooth receiver
  • Easy One Button Pairing
  • Compatible with Android 5.0 and Above, iOS 8.0 and Above
  • FCC, IC, RCM, CE Certified
  • 2 Year Warranty

Visit rockfordfosgate.com for more.

DEI Introduces Jeep Gladiator (JT) Headliner / Side Window Kit

AVON LAKE, OH (11.12.2019) – The Jeep Gladiator open air pickup is one of the most exciting vehicles to be introduced by Jeep in years, and now DEI, the leader in automotive heat and sound control, is hot on the trail by introducing a JT headliner kit to improve interior comfort and sound quality. Designed with a dual purpose of sound deadening and insulation, the headliner kit greatly reduces distracting road noise while insulating the interior from extreme heat or cold. Rides on or off the trail are much more enjoyable and the final product is a professional look that will add to resale value.

Made from marine grade foam that resists mold and mildew, the seven-piece Jeep headliner is custom cut and CNC machined for a perfect OE fit. Installation is easy.

Simply peel, position in place and stick-on for a secure fit. DEI’s Gladiator kit is available now in two finish options – Original or Leather Look. Original finish is available in three attractive colors: black, gray and white. Leather Look is available in black or gray.

Original Look Leather Look

050183 Black 050186 Gray

050184 Gray 050187 Black

050185 White

Visit DesignEngineering.com for more.

2019 dB Drag Racing Australian Championship – Nov 23-24

(11.12.2019) – The 2019 dB Drag Racing Australian Championship will take place 23-24 November 2019 in Albion Park Rail, NSW. Competitors from all around Australia will compete in this invitational event hosted by Frankie’s Auto Electrics and Car Audio. There is an opportunity to compete in 4 different formats of competition including: dB Drag Racing, Bass Race, Psychlone and Top Dog for a total of 19 classes available. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st – 3rd place winners in each class, along with Championship Rings for 1st place winners.

The 2019 Australian Championship will be officiated by a team of Australian judges along with Wayne Harris (USA) and Ray Choy (Canada). The event sponsors include: Frankie’s Auto Electrics and Car Audio (Event Host and Trophy Sponsor), Pioneer (Ring sponsor), DD Audio, Sony, Aerpro, Hertz, Audison, Vibe, Kenwood and Rockford Fosgate.

2019 Australian Championship:
Frankie’s Auto Electrics and Car Audio
69 Princes Highway
Albion Park Rail, NSW 2527

For more information regarding the event, contact marketing@termpro.com

JBL Takes the LINK Series on the Road with JBL LINK Drive

(11.12.2019) – JBL welcomes the latest addition to its LINK series with Drive, a device optimized with the Google Assistant, engineered specifically for automobiles. The JBL LINK Drive brings the Google Assistant on Android or Apple smartphones into the car for a seamless experience, allowing drivers to easily stay connected, get directions, and find information on-the-go with just their voice. 

Click here to view a PDF with product details.

Whether accessing music or asking the Google Assistant to locate the nearest gas station or restaurant, the JBL LINK Drive solution makes it easy for drivers to operate voice assistant controls, while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. With a simple “Hey Google” voice command, motorist can ask for directions, traffic conditions, weather, or calendar updates without needing to interact with or unlock their phones. 

The JBL LINK Drive device is outfitted with dual noise cancelling microphones to mitigate road, wind, engine and general driving sounds that may interfere with voice commands on a standard phone. It’s also programmed with Radio Barging technology, allowing drivers to listen to the radio as desired but will quiet when it detects a voice command with “Hey Google.”  Once the request is finalized, content from the radio will resume. This feature also works with incoming phone calls, allowing automobilists to have a safe, hands-free conversation without noise inference.

“Market research shows there is a low engagement rate of motorists using voice activation technology in cars. We’re finding drivers often experience poor performance with their smartphones due to all the noises inside their vehicle and on the road,” said Jeffery Fay, Vice President and General Manager Car Audio Services, Harman. “The JBL LINK Drive addresses these sound interruptions through innovative noise cancelling technology, providing a convenient, smarter, and improved user experience. Whether it’s reading texts aloud, playing music or finding an alternate route, it’s more convenient to let the Google Assistant handle the task at hand, especially when driving.”

To set-up the JBL LINK Drive, drivers simply plug the device into a 12V socket (cigarette lighter) or auxiliary outlet and pair their Android or iOS smartphone to the Google Assistant App via Bluetooth. For vehicles equipped with built-in Bluetooth, the JBL LINK Drive will sync with both the smartphone in use and the car stereo system. For cars without Bluetooth, drivers can set up the LINK Drive through the auxiliary outlet to connect with the car’s existing speakers.

JBL LINK Drive Features:

  • Multi-Function Key
    • Short press – push-to-talk redundancy
    • Long press to mute microphone
  • 2.1 Amp USB charging
  • Auto pairing through the Google Assistant app
  • Auto re-connect
  • Multi-phone memory
  • Bluetooth 4.2

Pricing and Availability

JBL LINK Drive will be available on JBL.com and select retailers starting Spring 2019 for $59.95. 

The Install Bay Introduced 12 New Vehicle Cameras and More at SEMA

HOLLY HILL, FL (11.12.2019) – Metra Electronics introduced twelve new automotive cameras and a universal mirror monitor from The Install Bay at the 2019 SEMA Show. As more drivers see the value in upgrading their vehicles to reduce blind spots and prevent collisions, installers have an opportunity to provide quality aftermarket solutions at an affordable cost with this new value series from The Install Bay.

This affordable product line features ten universal automotive cameras and two commercial vehicle cameras with active or selectable parking lines. Active parking lines offer dynamic guidelines, lines that move according to the direction the vehicle is reversing. Those with the selectable parking line option allow the installer to turn the parking lines on or off by cutting a wired loop if the customer does not desire parking lines. Five of the cameras also have a selectable mirrored or non-mirrored image option that allows the installer to choose the customer’s desired image with a different colored loop and allows the cameras to be mounted on either the front or rear of the vehicle. These solutions are in stock now and shipping.

Universal Vehicle Cameras
The Install Bay has two new, universal surface mount cameras, the Surface Mount Camera (CC001) and the Surface Mount Camera with LEDs (CC003). The CC001 comes with the selectable mirrored/non-mirrored image option and a 170-degree viewing angle. The CC003 has four LEDs that light up when powered and a 150-degree viewing angle.

Two new angled cameras, the Angled Push-In Camera (CC002) and the Angled Bolt-In Camera (Angled Bolt-In Camera), both have selectable parking lines and a 170-degree viewing angle. The Angled Push-In Camera also offers the selectable mirrored/non-mirrored image option.

For the driver who wishes to have a camera installed on the license plate, The Install Bay has three new License Plate Cameras. The IR Plate Camera (CC005) has eight infrared lights for night vision, selectable parking lines and a 160-degree viewing angle. The License Plate Active Line Camera (CC004) comes with both the active and selectable parking line options, four LED lights that light up when powered and a 160-degree viewing angle. The License Plate Camera (CC007) has the selectable mirrored/non-mirrored image option, selectable parking lines and a 170-degree viewing angle.

The three final universal cameras showcased are the Bullet Camera (CC008), the Adjustable Side Camera (CC010) and the Thru-Hole Camera (CC009), all of which come with the selectable parking lines option. The Bullet Camera and the Adjustable Side Camera also offer selectable mirrored/non-mirrored image option and a 160-degree viewing angle. The Thru-Hole Camera offers infrared lights for night vision and a 150-degree viewing angle.

Universal Mirror Monitor
For an affordable replacement rearview mirror monitor upgrade, The Install Bay is introducing the Universal 4.3” Mirror Monitor (CCM01). With two camera inputs and signal sensing, this 4.3” LCD display mirror monitor can be mounted on any vehicle with its universal mount brackets, complete with screws and the harness. It features an integrated 4.3” display within the mirror monitor. (Cameras are sold separately)

Commercial Vehicle Cameras
For commercial vehicles demanding a heavy-duty solution, The Install Bay is offering two cameras in black or white housing options. These solutions are ideal for larger commercial vehicles or equipment, including tractor-trailers, and include a 32-feet/10-meter harness. The white camera can also blend in on boats if desired for marine applications. Both cameras come with IR lights for night vision, selectable parking lines, a 160-degree viewing angle, a 32-feet/10-meter harness, power adapter harness, hardware and a user manual.

The Install Bay offers a convenient “one-stop-shop” for installation professionals to order everything they need from one place at an affordable price. In addition to automotive cameras, several new installation products will also be on display with Metra Electronics at the 2019 SEMA Show in Las Vegas from November 5th – 8th at booth 11639 in the North Hall. Powersports, Jeep, truck and off-road accessories will be on display at booth 37017 in the South Hall Upper Level at SEMA. New products can also be seen in Metra’s 2019 catalog, available at MetraOnline.com on the opening day of the show.

Product Numbers and Titles:
CC001 – Surface Mount Camera
CC002 – Angled Push-In Camera
CC003 – Surface Mount Camera with LEDs
CC004 – License Plate Active Line Camera
CC005 – IR Plate Camera
CC006 – Angled Bolt-In Camera
CC007 – License Plate Camera
CC008 – Bullet Camera
CC009 – Thru-Hole Camera
CC010 – Adjustable Side Camera
CC011 – Commercial Black Camera
CC012 – Commercial White Camera
CCM01 – 4.3” Universal Mirror Monitor

Visit metraonline.com for more.

DS18 at SEMA 2019… “We Like It Loud”

LAS VEGAS, NV (11.11.2019) – SEMA 2019 was once again an amazing experience for all the DS18 team and everyone who attended this very exciting yearly event. Sasha Susterman (CEO) was attendance with the strong DS18 Team that consisted of some of the company’s most experienced staff to help the large crowd with info about the newest tech from DS18. The large new booth was a spectacle to behold with Rob Ferro’s Big Bad Wolf Jeep taking center stage. The Big Bad Woof was filled with a plethora of DS18’s newest and best-selling products.

Owner (Middle) Sasha Susterman, with the DS18 Team Rob, Diego, Luis, Kenny, Jason, and Hery. Photo by Rob Ubilla.

Large 4k TVs spanned throughout the booth showing videos, music, and DS18 gatherings to bring perspective to all the passers by to experience why DS18’s motto is “We Like It Loud!”

The DS18 booth was a highlight on the North Hall floor at SEMA 2019.

Many vehicles throughout SEMA, in various booths, had DS18 gear to show off and bring even more glamour to their builds. DS18 representative’s Hery’s Intruder Jeep, which features more than 30 large speakers, was a sight to see while the crowds gathered outside to hear what exactly this monster could do for a large audience. Diego Narvarro’s Red Mustang was a sight to see and was one of the most photo friendly tuner cars on the lot with its aggressive stance, DS18 Red paint and full custom DS18 sound system.

The Big Bad Wolf, Rob Ferro’s Jeep, loaded with DS18 lights up the night outside the North Hall.

“We would like to thank all our dealers and fans for dropping by and hanging out while we updated them on all the awesome products just released and with much more to come in the coming years” Susterman offered.

Rob Ferro’s Big Bad Wolf was featured in a SEMA Show publication.

Visit ds18.com for more.