Welcome back from the Thanksgiving holiday, we are back from vacation to AUTO Connected Car News. The biggest news today, all over the United States, is that is Cyber Monday, the Monday after Black Friday when people are offered irresistible deals. In fact deals run throughout the week until Christmas and after.
It’s hard to find connected car deals because generally with aftermarket devices and in-car infotainment system, drivers buy systems at an installer. However, we did find some unexpected discounts on Amazon.com.
The Automatic Smart Driving Assistant usually sells for $99 is reduced to $79.99, Automatic claims you can save hundred on gas from driving suggestions. Parent can coach teenager for safe driving with the License+ program. Full-service crash alert agents are available 24/7. You can recode and clear your check engine light. The best part is that it remembers where you parked. No monthly service charges, but you will use Bluetooth on your Android 4.0+ smartphone, iPhone 5 or above or web browser. Using IFTTT, you can program it to allow your car to talk to dozens of popular web services like Twitter, Facebook or Dropbox. There are recipies to text friends when you are on your way home, turn off lights or log your mileage in a Google Spreadsheet.
For those frustrated with Bluetooth connections with iPhone 5-6+, Pioneer is shipping receivers that are CarPlay compatible. We noticed price drops from early this year in the range of $75-$100. Reviewers have noted that the units work well with Apple CarPlay.
- The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP) sells for $843.07 at Amazon.
- AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP) sells for $769.00 at Amazon (only four left in stock).
- AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP) sells for $606.98 at Amazon.
- AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP)sells for $529.95 at Amazon.
- AVIC-4000NEX ($700 SRP) sells for $525.95 at Amazon it works with a rear camera and has a detachable face, making it harder to steal.
Note may have to update the receiver to be compatable with CarPlay You will need either a blank 2 GB USB drive, or a blank 2GB+ mircroSD card (for AVIC-5000NEX and AVIC-6000NEX) or SD card (for AVIC-7000NEX). Installation can cost from $100-$200, you may need connectors or other adapters.
Ted Cardenas at Pioneer told AUTO Connected Car News that there are no Bluetooth issues with Pioneer receivers and iOS 8-8.01.
We have learned that the Best Buy advanced-in-car-system installation for $99 will cover most NEX systems which is a good deal otherwise you may be under the dash for hours.
If you want to track a teenager the MotoSafety MPVAS1 Teen Safety OBD GPS Vehicle Tracking System Device is reduced 20% to $62.85. It connects to the OBDII port and view vehicle locations online and receive a daily driver’s report card rating safe driving. Monthly service fee is $19.99 smartphone apps are free. There is also a hard-wired device that would be hard to tamper with.
Amazon has a whole Cyber Monday Deals Week collection called Car & Vehicle Electronics Cyber Week deals page that includes top holiday deals in car stereos, car video, car speakers, car amplifiers, car subwoofers, satellite radio, GPS & navigation, car safety & security, vehicle backup cameras, radar detectors, CB radios & scanners, vehicle electronics accessories, and OEM replacement parts. Currently there’s a SiriusXM Satellite Radio XEZ1V1 kit for $19.99(subscription required paid separately). Boss receivers are reduced as much as 50% off, reductions in Sony Bluetooth receivers and more.