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TMCNet:  Audiovox Electronics to launch Car Connection Pro telematics device

[January 11, 2013]

Audiovox Electronics to launch Car Connection Pro telematics device

Jan 11, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Audiovox Electronics Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corp., has announced that it will launch its Car Connection Pro telematics device.

Car Connection Pro includes the ability to add a remote start and/or lock/unlock module to the already available Car Connection telematics device. Car Connection Pro will be available at 12 Volt dealers. In addition to the new features, Car Connection Pro allows the consumer to monitor, manage, maintain and control their vehicle's health, driving habits, location, and through optional ZoomSafer technology, even restrict cell phone usage while driving. The company will be adding Automatic Crash Notification (ACN) that will allow the driver to designate who they would like notified if their vehicle, is involved in a collision and Roadside Assistance. Car Connection Pro will utilize the Sprint wireless network in the US and the real-time monitoring capability will go through OmniLink.

"Car Connection is one of the most exciting products we have brought to market in some time. Adding the remote start and lock/unlock capability gives 12 Volt dealers a great profit opportunity and incentive to carry this product," said Tom Malone, President of Audiovox Electronics Corp. "Dealers can sell Car Connection Pro alone-a new category and new profit opportunity-or they can attach that sale to a remote start module or lock/unlock module. The products are all professionally installed so the dealer has that profit opportunity as well.all while giving the consumer the ultimate in vehicle monitoring programs." Car Connection Pro utilizes a user interface accessible from the laptop, tablet or smart phone that allows users to monitor driving habits and vehicle location using Safety Zones (Geo-fences), stolen vehicle recovery, and even find their way back to their vehicle in a crowded parking lot with Car Connection's built-in Lot Spot feature, the company said.

Car Connection Pro allows consumers to print out vehicle diagnostic reports to bring to their mechanic; lets them monitor fuel economy and can assist in the coaching of young or elderly drivers. One of the key features of the product is its ability, through optional activation of the ZoomSafer software, to manage the driver's cell phone use even eliminating the ability to text while driving, the company added.

Car Connection Pro Key Features include Remote Start, Lock/Unlock, Driver Scoring, Fuel Savings, Vehicle Location, Restrict Phone Usage, Safety Zones, Vehicle Health and LotSpot.

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