JVC Joins Forces with iDatalink Maestro for Virtual Trainings

LONG BEACH, CA (04.01.2020) – JVC Mobile Entertainment is collaborating with iDatalink Maestro to provide virtual trainings to authorized dealers this Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 PM EST, highlighting their exclusive features.

 JVC has expanded their multimedia lineup to now offer 8 receivers that provide support for iDatalink Maestro RR/RR2, with 2 of their receivers providing “Advanced Support”.  Exclusive features, including the best in OEM volume knob support and dynamic guideline camera overlay will be covered during the training.  

“We are excited about the opportunity to team up with JVC to provide information on our combined exclusive features, as well as provide an overview of our entire product line,” said Matt Yerger, iDatalink Maestro’s E-Learning Manger.  “By leveraging the power of both brands at once, dealers can capitalize on efficiently learning about the best in offerings for their customers.” 

JVC has been focusing on providing virtual trainings to its dealers and distributors over the course of the last several weeks and is now committed to further dedicating its time and resources to this.  “We want to ensure that our dealers are ready to provide the best in product technology and support, and collaborating with iDatalink Maestro allows us to maximize these efforts in an efficient manner,” said Ron Trout, Director of Sales for JVC’s Mobile Entertainment division.   

If you are interested in attending this virtual training webinar and/or If you are interested in setting up a personalized virtual training session, please contact your JVC sales rep for details. 

For more information on JVC Mobile Entertainment, visit us.jvc.com/car.

Howard Stern Announces Free Access to Full SiriusXM Premier Streaming Service Through May 15

NEW YORK, NY (04.01.2020) – SiriusXM and Howard Stern has announced that starting now through May 15, SiriusXM will start offering free access to its full lineup of Premier Streaming content to listeners in North America. Howard kicked o the unprecedented Stream Free access this morning while hosting The Howard Stern Show, on channel 100, from his home.

SiriusXM Select and All Access subscribers already have access to this great content included with their subscriptions. Anyone who is not already a SiriusXM subscriber can download the SiriusXM app or go to SiriusXM.com/streamfree, and start listening free of charge, with no credit card or commitment required.

Howard Stern

“With so many people asked to stay at home, we are making our full streaming lineup of music, entertainment, news and information easily accessible to everyone,” said Jim Meyer, SiriusXM CEO. “In the days ahead, we hope it’s a valuable source of information or diversion, a generous mix of fresh live content, and a source of companionship that comes from the hosts on our many shows and channels. And there was no better way to launch the Stream Free content than with Howard this morning.”

Listeners will have free access to more than 300 channels of dynamic programming, featuring the acclaimed The Howard Stern Show, hundreds of exclusive ad-free music channels, and vital news and information sources. SiriusXM is also adding entirely new curated content, and bringing back some beloved music channels by top artists.

StayHome Radio, a feel-good, ad-free music channel, will launch April 1 on the streaming platform and channel 179 on most SiriusXM radios. The channel will feature happy and uplifting songs from artists like Lizzo and Coldplay to P!nk and Bob Marley.

And as people spend time at home, SiriusXM is bringing back The Billy Joel Channel, Dave Matthews Band Radio, and a new channel full of the Top 1000 songs across multiple genres, all available on the SiriusXM app, connected devices, as well as most SiriusXM radios, starting April 1.

Billy Joel’s exclusive SiriusXM channel, The Billy Joel Channel, features music spanning his decades-long career, including songs from his live and studio albums, and Billy telling exclusive stories about his music and career. Throughout the month, the channel will also air Billy Joel: An Evening of Questions and Answers… and a little music too, which was recorded last year in Miami at the Faena Theater. It can be heard on the SiriusXM app in the Rock category and on SiriusXM radios on channel 30.

Dave Matthews Band Radio will include music from the band’s extensive career, along with exclusive, never-before heard interview content, and encore airings and highlights from Dave’s recent Pay It Forward: Live performance streamed from his home and simulcast live on SiriusXM. Dave’s “live from home” performance can be heard in full Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT, Thursday at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT, Friday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, and through the weekend. The channel will also bring back the Friday Night Concert Series, featuring a complete show from the archives every Friday night at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. While the band is o the road, the Friday Night Concert Series will feature standout shows including the band’s 2018 and 2019 tour, originally heard live exclusively on SiriusXM. Dave Matthews Band Radio can be heard on the SiriusXM app in the Rock category and on SiriusXM radios initially on channel 176.

The Top 1000 Channel will bring a new genre countdown every two weeks, kicking o with the top 1000 Classic Rock Songs and followed by the top 1000 Oldies songs, Alternative Rock songs (80s to today), Country songs, RnB songs, Hard Rock songs and Hip-Hop songs. It can be heard on the SiriusXM app and on most SiriusXM radios on channel 177.

SiriusXM’s ad-free music channels offer a wide variety of choices, from favorites The Highway, SiriusXM Hits 1 and our decades channels, to artist-backed channels such as The Beatles Channel, The Garth Channel, Pearl Jam Radio, Grateful Dead Channel, LL COOL J’s Rock The Bells Radio, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, and Eminem’s Shade 45.

There are also many additional online-only music channels, including more than 100 Xtra music channels, curated for any mood, occasion or activity, as well as music channels geared toward “relaxing-at-home” listening, such as SiriusXM Chill, Watercolors, and SiriusXM Coee House. SiriusXM music channels are home to more than 200 channel hosts who serve as trusted companions to millions in North America currently in their homes.

Listeners also get live news from major outlets such as CNN, FOX News, CNBC, MSNBC and BBC World Service, and valuable information from channels such as Doctor Radio powered by NYU Langone Health, and Business Radio. There are also inspirational and faith-based channels, multiple channels of comedy, dynamic sports talk such as Mad Dog Sports Radio, and more.

SiriusXM’s entertainment channels include Radio Andy and SiriusXM Stars, featuring daily live shows covering the latest in pop culture, celebrities, lifestyle, and more. Listeners can tune in to hear live shows from SiriusXM hosts including Andy Cohen, Jenny McCarthy, Jess Cagle, Je Lewis, Bevy Smith, Michelle Collins and more.

The SiriusXM app also offers additional features such as SiriusXM video, Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora that listeners can curate themselves, and an On Demand library with more than 10,000 hours of archived shows, exclusive music performances, interviews and audio documentaries.

The SiriusXM app is available on mobile phones, tablets and computers, as well as on a wide variety of connected devices in the home including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more.

Visit siriusxm.com for more.

SSV Works Announces RZR Kits with JVC Radios Now Shipping

OXNARD, CA (03.31.2020) – SSV Works is now shipping the new 5-speaker RZR kits with JVC backup-camera-ready radio.

SSV Works recently announced a collaboration with JVC during the 2020 CES Show in which SSV Works is now the exclusive Powersports distributor for the KD-MR1BTS marine/powersports digital media receiver.

“As a result of this collaboration, we are integrating and making available the KD-MR1BTS into a number of our existing and new Polaris RZR kits for our customers,” said Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “JVC is a legacy in the mobile audio radio market, and we could not be more excited to partner with such a brand and provide our customers with the best powersports radio and overall audio solution kits in the market.”

The IPX6-rated KD-MR1BTS digital media receiver features Bluetooth, USB, a 2.7-inch color display, global tuner with weather band, 7-Band EQ, rear view camera capability, and is SiriusXM-Ready.

Available in Spring 2020, vehicle-specific SSV Works plug & play dash kits and harnessing to work with the JVC KD-MR1BTS include:
• 2014 – ‘18 Polaris RZR XP1000, Turbo, 900 – NOW SHIPPING
• 2019 – ‘20 Polaris RZR XP1000, Turbo, 900 – NOW SHIPPING
• 2020 Polaris RZR Pro XP – SHIPPING SOON

“Current SSV Works customers can upgrade their audio kits with a plug-and-play mounting and harness solution, as well,” added Kaplan. “And as a special incentive, we are also announcing that for a limited time, we will include the backup camera with new systems free of charge.”

Added Ron Trout, Director of Sales – Regional Sales Group – Car Electronics Sector – JVC Mobile, “SSV Works is the market leader in aftermarket powersports audio solutions, making them the ideal partner for our KD-MR1BTS. We are looking forward to both our and SSV’s customers to benefit from each other’s expertise and experiencing the next level of powersports audio.”

For more information, visit www.SSVWorks.com, call 818-991-1SSV (1778), or email sales@SSVworks.com.

AIS Releases High-End 9.6″ Rear-View Mirror / Monitor with Infinity Screen

MARIETTA, GA (03.31.2020) – AIS has just announced the introduction of their new 9.6” rear-view mirror/monitor with built-in DVR.

The unit is comes with great features such as:

9.66” Rear-View Mirror Monitor
Infinity (edge-to-edge) Touch Screen
Built-in DVR
Built-In 1080P Front Camera
Interior/Exterior Camera
GPS Antenna
32gb Micro SD Card
Ram Twist Mount
Honda Twist Mount
Hyundai Twist Mount

This brand new product, the INFM9DVR, has a resolution of 1280x320p. Included are front and rear cameras that have simultaneous front and rear recording and in real-time viewing. It records sound and has G-shock with GPS functions. The 32gb Micro SD card is included and is upgradeable to 64gb. It has rear camera monitoring so the vehicle owner can see if the vehicle has been tampered with in their absence. Retail price is $499.95

Check out the unit on the AIS website: www.aisinterface.com

AIS CEO, Kelley Vickers added, “AIS products are not sold to internet retailers or sold on the internet, thereby allowing our valued network of nationwide dealers the most profitable line of safety and convenience products available today. In addition to providing the best and most innovative products, our number one goal is to protect the profit of our dealers and this is why they are fiercely loyal to the AIS brand.”

AIS is a global technology supplier of integrated automotive safety and convenience products. AIS engineers and controls the manufacturing of automotive back-up cameras, back-up sensors, Blindwatch systems, CD players, GPS Tracking, Cruise Controls, DVRs, video monitors, video mirrors, lighting, navigation, Autoplay and Bluetooth modules. AIS also provides automotive leather kits and is the nationwide distributor of Mobileye Advanced Driver Assist Systems.

AIS carries over 3000 SKUs and offers a three year to lifetime warranty for key dealers. AIS is currently interviewing rep firms in several major markets and can be reached at 800-365-6060 and www.aisinterface.com.

MTX Audio Announces New Audio Kits and Components for 2014+ Polaris RZR Vehicles

PHOENIX, AZ (03.31.2020) – MTX Audio is announcing the introduction of all new audio kits and components to their lineup of Polaris RZR audio products. This new offering is primarily in response to the changes that Polaris made in the RZR platform starting with the 2019 Turbo S models and will be backwards compatible to most 2014+ models.

Two of the primary component additions are with the front and subwoofer speaker systems. A variation from our other model of front speaker pods, the new RZR-14-FS will mount in the footwell in a kick pod style installation using our new POD-LOC technology. These have been engineered to maximize the audio output without sacrificing legroom, sound quality or output while riding. Additionally, the speaker pods installation time has also been addressed with a simple to install, quick mount bracket and single bolt mounting system that gets the speakers mounted in the vehicle in minutes.

The subwoofer option, the RZR-14-SW, is a completely new design of the enclosure as well as the components inside.  The enclosure consists of a high output 10-inch subwoofer in a convertible sealed/ ported design made possible through our Quick Install Port Seal technology or QuIPS. We’ve also added heavy duty Neoprene sound damping to the exterior of the enclosure to greatly reduce bass induced rattle in the vehicles body panels improving the overall sound quality when you’re riding. The enclosure is intended to be coupled with the MUD600-1 mono-block amplifier and mounts in place of the vehicles glove compartment and features a side firing design to maximize bass output. The ported design capability allows it to produce deep vibrating bass while the QuIPS technology helps protect your investment in case of deep-water situations by simply installing the seal before going submersible.

Also being introduced are all new RZR audio kits that are designed to fit more models and platforms than ever before. They will consist of a total of six packages that will work on Ride Command and non- Ride Command vehicles alike from model years 2014 to present. These kits will offer different levels of audio experience from the basic package with our 200/400-watt RMS 2-speaker system, to a complete party in a box with our 1000-watt RMS 5-speaker system. All kits come complete with direct-fit hardware and plug-n-play harnesses for a frustration-free installation as well.

 “With the changes in the RZR platform in the last couple years, we saw this as an opportunity create an audio experience for our customers that goes above anything they’ve heard before.” said Director of Sales and Marketing, Jason Fickas. “We’ve put a lot of research and development into the new design of our kits to ensure they are the easiest to install without sacrificing any output or sound quality. I can’t wait for all types of riders out there to start experiencing this all new offering from us.”

 The new RZR kits and components are slotted to start shipping mid-May and more details will follow soon. Be sure to follow us on social media or check out our website for more details as they develop.

Visit mtx-audio.com for more.

Firstech Makes Car Sharing Easier with KeyLocker

SEATTLE, WA (03.30.2020) – Firstech, makers of Compustar and DroneMobile, has announced its plans to release the Drone KL1 in Summer of 2020. The Drone KL1, or “KeyLocker”, is a key management and storage solution that will make car sharing easier for families and businesses.

Over the past ten years, the term “car sharing” has taken on many different forms. Individuals are monetizing their personal vehicles on peer-to-peer car sharing platforms. Families with multiple drivers are exploring different ways to get around in conjunction with owning fewer cars. Lastly, businesses are going mobile, managing vehicles and drivers to bring products and services directly to customers.

While these car sharing applications have quickly evolved, key management has not. Families and businesses are still limited to one or two keys per vehicle and rely on outdated storage solutions like kitchen drawers and key storage lockers. Furthermore, vehicle keys can cost up to $700 to replace in the event of loss or damage.

For all of the car sharing applications mentioned, Drone KeyLocker offers a better way to manage vehicle keys. KeyLocker fits into most vehicle compartments and has a sliding door mechanism for safely storing any type of vehicle key, including bladed and smart keys. While a vehicle’s key is stored in a KeyLocker, the system keeps it protected by activating anti-tampering security sensors around KeyLocker and the vehicle. All of these sensors are capable of triggering real-time alerts that are pushed to authorized users’ smartphones over 4G LTE.

Instead of fumbling with vehicle keys, vehicle access is managed through the DroneMobile App. Vehicle owners can send an unlimited number of invitations to family members or coworkers to share access to the vehicle. Once a user is authorized to drive a car, he or she can unlock the doors with the DroneMobile app and hit the road. If the vehicle uses a smart “push to start” key, users don’t even have to remove the key from Drone KeyLocker to drive the car! In essence, the DroneMobile App and KeyLocker transform your smartphone into your vehicle’s key. Drone KeyLocker also includes a 5-digit passcode touchpad, called the “KP1”, that is mounted to the windshield as backup in the event of poor cellular coverage or a dead smartphone battery.

“Drone KeyLocker combines the best of Firstech’s strengths in vehicle control, security and telematics,” explained Firstech’s Managing Director, Jason Kaminski. “Families and businesses will save time and money with the KeyLocker and DroneMobile App, opening up even more possibilities for car sharing in the future.”

Firstech will be adding the KeyLocker to its DroneMobile brand of telematics and tracking products. Drone KeyLocker can be installed as a standalone key management and tracking solution or the device can be added to an existing Compustar remote start and alarm system. Drone KeyLocker must be installed with one of Firstech’s Drone LTE devices to enable cellular connectivity.

Drone KeyLocker will start shipping in Summer 2020 with an MSRP of $159.99 and is available for pre-order directly from Firstech or from Firstech Authorized Distributors in North America.

To learn more about Drone KeyLocker, visit dronemobile.com/keylocker or email orders@myfirstech.com

Oracle Lighting Announces New UTV LED Halo Kits for Polaris and Can-Am

METAIRE, LA (03.30.2020) – Oracle Lighting has announced its new LED Halo kits for multiple Side-by-Side UTV models including the Polaris Ranger (2014-2019), Polaris RZR (570 & 800; 2008-2019), Polaris RZR (900 & 1000; 2015-2019), and Can-Am Maverick X3 (2017-2020). All kits are now available.

“We are proud to follow up a tremendously successful 2019 SEMA Show with the announcement of these unique LED Halo kits for the UTV market,” said Justin Hartenstein, Oracle Lighting director of development. “These complete kits include everything you need to install and operate the halos on your rig, including surface mount DIY installation capability, Dynamic ColorSHIFT effects, Plug & Play wiring, plus a true white DRL LED function.”

The new ORACLE Lighting Dynamic ColorSHIFT Halos feature individually addressable LEDs which pack a ton of unique features. The Dynamic features allow the user to run multiple moving color patterns through the LEDs, creating a vivid eye-catching lighting effect. The RGBW Halos feature Oracle’s traditional RGB ColorSHIFT technology along with the addition of a Pure White circuit which allows for truer white tones, a crisp white DRL color option and the ability to instantly switch over to DRL mode.

Additional features include:

  • App Control; through the app you can easily make standard white colors as well as any static colors using the LED color wheel. What makes these DYNAMIC Halos more unique is that you can also display a variety of moving patterns within the app. With more than 200 different patterns, there is something to fit every color scheme imaginable.
  • Installation; ORACLE’s surface-mount Halos are encased in a special polymer resin, making them completely waterproof (can actually be submerged underwater) and easily install by attaching around the headlight lens using a patent-pending system. This makes installation simple for anyone and cuts down installation time from hours to just minutes.
  • Wiring; user-friendly installation features plug-and-play connectors for the halos and controller. Simply plug the Halos into the LED driver plug the LED driver into the controller. The power cables include ring terminals that simply attach to the easy-to-access power lugs. Then simply open the app in your smartphone to control the lights.
  • MSRPs:
  • Polaris Ranger (2014-2019): $289.95
  • Polaris RZR (570 & 800; 2008-2019): $249.95
  • Polaris RZR (900 & 1000; 2015-2019): $249.95
  • Can-Am Maverick X3 (2017-2020): $249.95

Having celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2019, Oracle Lighting has been designing innovative lighting products and technologies for the automotive market since 1999. Oracle thrives on low-to-mid production specialized components with a goal of providing a dual benefit to clients by lowering manufacturing costs and reducing lead-time for product development.

For more information on Oracle Lighting and its full product line, visit www.oraclelights.com, call (800) 407-5776, or email info@oraclelights.com.