Directed Announces Viper SmartView – a Revolutionary Connected Dash Camera

VISTA, CA (01.09.2019) – Directed has announced a new connected dash camera, Viper SmartView, capable of pairing with Directed’s line of DS4 systems. SmartView builds on Directed’s long history of innovation in the aftermarket automotive industry and offers consumers a new level of vehicle security.

Viper SmartView provides monitoring solutions for consumers. It integrates several advanced technologies into a single product, including a 4G LTE-based, always-connected system; dual video cameras; telematics-capturing OBDII; WiFi and Bluetooth; GPS; displays; security system and motion sensors; and shareable video and media.

The revolutionary Viper SmartView is showcased in the Directed meeting space at the Hard Rock Hotel during CES 2020.

“SmartView sets the bar for in-vehicle dash cameras by adding smart features and DS4 connectivity to a fully-featured HD camera,” according to James Turner, SVP & GM, Remote Start and Security at Directed. “It’s another great addition to our growing DS4 infrastructure, but can also be used as standalone. However, the real power of SmartView is unleashed when connected to a DS4 security system. Consumers can immediately check out the interior and surroundings of their vehicle when they receive a security notification. It’s vehicle security for 2020 and beyond. Viper SmartView is perfect for both individuals and families.”

The Directed space at the Hard Rock Hotel showcases the Company’s complete product offerings including Alcohol Detection Systems.

Viper SmartView not only records while the vehicle is in motion, but when paired with a DS4 system, will record when activated by a warn-away or full-trigger security event. This allows consumers to have peace of mind even when they aren’t near their vehicles. With Live Look, vehicle owners can take a look inside their vehicle at any time.

With built-in cellular connectivity, SmartView is capable of controlling DS4 systems as well as provides a built-in WiFi hotspot. SmartView also provides OBDII diagnosis and fault code reporting.

“The Viper SmartView provides next-generation features and connectivity, and we expect it to be a big hit with both our dealers as well as consumers,” said Bob Struble, CEO of Directed. “This solution builds on Directed’s legacy of innovation in the aftermarket.”

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JVC Debuts HD Radio and Alexa Built-In Audio Receiver at CES

LONG BEACH, CA & LAS VEGAS, NV (01.09.2020) – JVC Mobile Entertainment is introducing its new HD Radio equipped digital media receiver, the KD-X470BHS ($139.95 MSRP) at this year’s CES, completing its line of 10 new audio receivers for 2020. The KD-X470BHS will proudly showcase increased sound quality and advanced features along with its built-in HD Radio tuner. The model also touts Alexa-Built-in.

The KD-X470BHS just began shipping and is the final model of audio receivers to ship for 2020, accompanying the KD-X270BT ($89.95 MSRP), KD-X370BTS ($109.95 MSRP), KD-T710BT ($109.95 MSRP), KD-TD71BT ($109.95 MSRP), KD-T910BTS ($119.95 MSRP), KD-TD91BTS ($119.95 MSRP), KD-T915BTS ($149.95 MSRP), KW-X840BTS ($139.95 MSRP), and KW-R940BTS ($159.95 MSRP).

Josh Bowen, JVCKENWOOD Product Specialist, showing off the latest JVC Mobile Entertainment products on the show floor at CES 2020.

HD Radio is a great feature for users that enjoy listening to AM/FM stations with enhanced content and better sound quality, all with no monthly fees. HD Radio is a Digital technology that allows a radio station to transmit more information in the same radio wave, enabling higher quality sound and additional content. HD Radio technology upgrades AM Stations to FM Station-like sound quality, while FM Stations are broadcast with CD-like sound quality. Unlike typical FM or AM transmission, HD Radio has crystal clear reception with low noise and no audio distortion.

Amazon Alexa is now included in 9 of JVC’s new audio receivers and is a new feature to the industry. Alexa was created to make life just that much more convenient. This great new feature allows easy access to Alexa with the simple push of the Alexa button on the receiver. This completely changes the game for smartphone users, now able to speak to Alexa using simple voice commands to enjoy your favorite music and content from streaming services like the SiriusXM and Pandora mobile apps, get directions to the nearest gas station or anywhere you would like to go, control smart home devices, and more — all while you keep your eyes safely on the road ahead.

In addition to these great features, the KD-X470BHS will also elegantly showcase a modernized appearance with a 2-zone variable color illumination display that’s available for music sync illumination, of which creates that perfect look as it sits in the dash of your vehicle. While maintaining a more than satisfying appearance, it also delivers several key elements for better sound as well, including a 13-Band graphic EQ with 11 preset EQ settings, time alignment, space enhancement, sound lift, K2 technology for enhanced digital sound quality, and 3 sets of 5 volt high voltage RCA Pre-outs. To add to the ease of use, it features a shallow chassis (3-15/16”) mounting depth, and is also be compatible with the JVC remote control app for easy control from your smartphone. The KD-X470BHS is also SiriusXM-Ready (SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner and subscription sold separately), providing access to over 150 channels of the widest variety of ad-free music, plus entertainment, news, comedy and sports you won’t hear anywhere else.

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Pioneer Debuts Range of NEX In-Dash Receivers with Amazon Alexa Built-In at CES 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.09.2020) – At CES, Pioneer Electronics’ debuted its newest lineup of flagship NEX in-dash receivers that feature the latest automotive connectivity solutions, including Amazon Alexa Built-in. With Alexa, drivers can ask to play music, hear the news, check weather, control smart home devices, and more. Available in three different product configurations and three different screen sizes, all five models also feature Android Auto (wired/wireless), Apple CarPlay (wired/wireless), widget-based live weather and sports content and a variety of multimedia entertainment capabilities.

The Pioneer booth in the North Hall is front and center at the main entrance.

The CES 2020 Pioneer flagship NEX in-dash receiver lineup includes:

DMH-WT8600NEX (10.1 inch) / DMH-WT7600NEX (9 inch): Models feature an all-new floating display configuration, allowing an extraordinarily large display to be installed using a universal 1-DIN chassis. The floating screen offers horizontal, vertical and tilt adjustability to ensure the best fit and usability in the vehicle’s dash. The DMH-WT8600NEX has a suggested price of $1,200, and the DMH-WT7600NEX has a suggested price of $1,000.


DMH-WC6600NEX (9 inch): This model joins Pioneer’s lineup of modular solutions in-dash receivers introduced at CES 2019 that feature a modular design combining a large touchscreen display with a hideaway control unit that installers can tuck into separate compartments of the automobile. The DMH-WC6600NEX has a suggested price of $900.


DMH-W4660NEX / DMH-W4600NEX (6.8 inch): Traditional 2DIN chassis for universal application in most vehicles on the road in the U.S. Both units have a suggested price of $600.


These new in-dash receivers are the latest additions to Pioneer’s growing portfolio of automotive technology and services. More information on Pioneer’s other business units including sensor solutions to support the future of autonomous driving, data solutions to enhance driver safety and security, and product solutions that can add connectivity and infotainment to practically any vehicle, can be found here.

If you’d like to see some of these products in action, stop by the Pioneer booth located at North Hall Booth #3902 to learn more.

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KENWOOD Releases Trio of Installer Friendly, High Power Handling, Hi-Resolution Audio Certified Speakers

LONG BEACH, CA & LAS VEGAS, NV (01.08.2020) – At this year’s CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center, KENWOOD USA announced the addition of three new Hi-Res Audio speakers that will begin shipping this month. From the eXcelon Reference line, these speakers are designed to deliver accurately detailed, powerful sound, desired by the most critical of listeners. The XR-1801P 7”(18cm) component set (MSRP $449.95), XR-1701P 6-1/2”(17cm) component set (MSRP $399.95) and XR-1701 6.5”(17cm) coax set (MSRP $249.95) all offer higher power handling and more versatile installation options than their predecessors.

With a focus on factory integration and sound quality reproduction, these speakers offer versatile mounting options for most current vehicle demands where space is a premium and complex adapters are required for proper fitment.

Marcus Vasconcellos, JVCKENWOOD Product Specialist, pictured with the new hi-res speakers in the Kenwood booth in the North Hall at CES 2020.

The oversized 7” glass fiber cone mid-bass drivers from the XR-1801P components fit nicely into many Ford, GM, Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan factory speaker locations. With the included direct-fit multi-bracket, this increases the woofer surface area over factory speakers, providing louder and more responsive mid-bass performance, simply utilizing existing hardware and the correct adaptor without the need to modify factory mounts. An all-new 1-3/16”(30mm) Titanium hard dome wide-range super tweeter offers flexible mounting options, including a flush mount for that custom or “factory-like” fitment. Power handling is hard to beat, with an amazing 120 Watts RMS at 3 ohms, while still being able to reproduce frequencies from 35 Hz to 40 kHz(-10dB).

The XR-1701P component set utilizes 6-1/2” glass giber cone mid bass drivers that fit directly into many standard 6-1/2” speaker openings. They also benefit from an improved surround roll shape and new woofer center cap with tuning rib, of which the XR-1801P shares as well. This component set can reproduce clean detail at a constant 100 Watts RMS at 3 ohms, with a 43 Hz to 40 kHz(-10dB) frequency response. Both sets include a bi-amp crossover network, along with a -3dB tweeter attenuation option, for even more control over this already extremely capable component set.

To complete this trio, the XR-1701 6-1/2” coax speaker set will give you similar performance as the component sets, but with the simplicity of an all-in-one speaker with a center mounted 1-3/16” (30mm) Titanium hard dome wide-range super tweeter and built-in High-quality capacitor. This set can handle a continuous 100 Watts of RMS power at 3 ohms, with a 45 Hz-to 40 kHz(-10dB) response, and will be a great option when a separate tweeter is not required.

“With the importance of bringing high quality, Hi-Res sound to the car, these speakers perfectly balance fitment options and performance,” said Mike Roberts, VP of Sales and Marketing. “The extremely high power handling and installation versatility will make these some of the most popular eXcelon Reference speakers yet!”

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SSV Works Launches SwitchWorks: New Electronic Smart Switcher at 2020 CES Show

OXNARD, CA & LAS VEGAS, NV (01.08.2020) – SSV Works is launching the new SwitchWorks SW-E12 Weather-Proof electronic smart switcher during the 2020 CES Show, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from Jan. 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth N4900. Scheduled to be available in summer 2020, the SW-E12 is a plug-and-play switcher controlling 12 accessories from the fully programmable LCD touch buttons that can be customized for each individual vehicle or accessory.

“SwitchWorks by SSV Works’ electronic switcher is the first of its kind featuring 12 fully programmable outputs, solid state electronics, and IP-rated Weather-Proofing to handle the rigors of truck, Jeep, and UTV applications,” explained Trevor Kaplan, SSV Works CEO. “Command the SW-E12’s outputs with its hyper-bright LCD touch button controller which allows for full customization of the button graphics and easy viewability in direct sunlight. Users can choose any of the 64 pre-loaded icons or upload your own custom image and assign to any button.”

Additionally, the controller’s compact size allows for multiple mounting options. The positive response Touchbutton displays are programmable for any accessory or combination of accessories for on-road and off-road vehicle applications. Optional vehicle-specific mounting kits are also available for seamless in-vehicle integration.

“The 200amp weatherproof module is made from cast aluminum for maximum heat dissipation to increase reliability and off-road durability,” Kaplan continued. “All wires utilize waterproof connectors for secure connections to further increase waterproofing and reliability. We are very excited to present the SW-E12 to the powersports enthusiast.”

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JVC Names SSV Works as New Premiere Powersports Distributor for KD-MR1BTS Digital Media Receiver

LONG BEACH, CA (01.07.2020) – Debuting at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, JVC Mobile Entertainment is thrilled to announce a brand new partnership with SSV Works, the market leader in powersports. Named as JVC’s premiere powersports distributor for the KD-MR1BTS digital media receiver, SSV Works will provide vehicle specific plug & play dash kits and harnessing for some of the most popular side-by-sides to date.

“In an ongoing effort to create excitement and offer product solutions to meet our customer’s demands, a partnership with SSV Works made perfect sense,” said Ron Trout, JVC Director of sales. “By leveraging SSV Works’ extensive off-road vehicle experience, we are certain the JVC KD-MR1BTS is in excellent hands.”

The JVC KD-MR1BTS provides outdoor enthusiasts with a super rugged, IPX6 rated receiver with the best in functionality, performance, and design. Along with its 2.7” color display, it has built in Bluetooth for wireless audio streaming, a built-in global tuner with weather band, a 7 Band EQ + 2 sets of RCA Pre-outs for system expansion, a USB and camera input, and is also SiriusXM-Ready. With its simple, clean, and aggressive design concept, large buttons make common tasks like adjusting the volume or pressing a control button while wearing gloves easy.

With the convenience of SSV Works plug & play solutions for select Polaris and CanAm side-by-sides shipping this Spring, customers will be able achieve high-end sound that’s built to last, now easier than ever before.

Come by and see it in action at the SSV Works booth N4900 and the JVCKENWOOD booth N4602 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Jan. 7 – 10.

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Hello CES 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV (01.06.2020) – The Consumer Electronics Show 2020 is set to fill venues across Las Vegas from Tuesday through Friday, January 7th -10th respectively. Expect to see much more at CES 2020 that Consumer Electronics. Signage in the LVCC Central Hall notes Audio Video, Enterprise Solutions plus Travel and Tourism. A headline on the CNN website was titled ‘Sex Toys, Giant TVs and Alexa in Everything: The biggest trends to watch for at CES 2020.” Also, CTA is ‘Trailing’ facial recognition for CES badge pickup.

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The massive North Hall, at one time all 12volt, is now occupied by maybe 10% 12volt exhibitors. The Westgate Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and other venues across Vegas will highlight many 12volt companies in ballrooms and sky suites featuring product displays plus food and refreshments. In some cases Uber and Lyft vouches are offered to help CES attendees navigate the arduous trips between venues.

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CES is a tremendous investment for all who attend…exhibitors, companies holding meetings and attendees who travel to Vegas from around the globe to see the latest products. During CES, plus days following, the 12volt Central Studios will feature news from CES 2020 in Vegas. Embargoed press releases from companies-including Alpine, JVC, Kenwood, SSV Works, Dual, Jensen, Maxxsonics, Scosche and Stinger will be posted. In addition daily action from the venue floors will be posted on plus Instagram and Facebook @12voltnews.

Keep up to date on action from CES 2020 across Vegas on Instagram and Facebook #12vnn_ces2020. We will make multiple posts daily from the 12volt Central Studios.

We wish all a very successful CES 2020.