SEMA connected car news: Pioneer (CarPlay Android Auto), THINKWARE, Sosche, Multi Seal, Contiental, Honda, Toyto, BMW, LarryAlert & Driver’s Little Helper

semacrowdJust two weeks before AutoMobility LA and the LA Auto Show is SEMA this week in Las Vegas. Here are some interesting producs that will be on display that will interest connected car and innovation fans from Pioneer, THINKWARE, Sosche, Multi Seal, Contiental, Honda, Toyo, BMW, LarryAlert and Driver’s Little Helper.

Pioneer for Android and iOS

On Wednesday, Ted Cardenas – Vice President of Marketing for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., presents the need-to-know information on how to identify smartphone connectivity of Apple iOS-based and Andriod-based smartphones in addition to other head unit-centric apps that elevate the driver’s experience for increased safety and user-friendly operation. Cardenas covers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice control, integration with factory-options and the market data that permits aftermarket in-dash solutions to become a conduit to a fully supported user experience. The benefits of dashboard technology in the aftermarket also incorporate numerous safety additions, convenience features and broader choices of source material for music and other content. Don’t miss this groundbreaking session and revival of why today’s aftermarket dashboard technology has never been better.


Dash camera company, THINKWARE, is showing its dash cams at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, taking place November 1-4, 2016.

The company will display and provide demos of its dash cam products and accessories at SEMA including:

• Accessories: Locking Box, IR Camera, External battery

THINKWARE’s dash cam features include ‘Super Night Vision’, which is optimized for dark parking environments and ‘Time Lapse Photography,’ which records at 1 frame per second, reducing video file size and enabling the dash cams to record parking mode videos for 16 times longer than the standard dash cam.

For customers who do not want to discharge their vehicle battery, THINKWARE’s external battery accessory ensures that the dash cam does not drain the car battery when it’s operating in parking mode. The battery uses LiFePo4 (Lithium iron phosphate) cells, which are popular in the automotive industry because of their ability to operate in extreme temperatures. The external battery can power a front and rear dash cam for around 36 hours and users can install two external batteries to provide around 72 hours of operation. The batteries can then be recharged in about 60 minutes.

THINKWARE will also showcase the Locking Box and IR Camera accessories. The Locking Box is a specially designed safety lock box meant to prevent the unauthorized removal of power cables, GPS cables and SD cards for copying or deleting the recorded image.

The IR camera is a device for recording events that are occur between the driver and passengers inside commercial vehicles. The IR camera accessory is meant to protect commercial drivers and passengers in the event of unexpected or unusual situations. This accessory is also equipped with an Infrared Sensor and LED lights, making it possible to record in low light level environments.

THINKWARE dash cam products are available on Amazon.

Sosche iPad Dash Mounts

Scosche Industries, a leading innovator of car audio and consumer tech products and accessories, is announcing the availability of its latest innovation, the all-new Dash Mount for iPad at SEMA.

Quickly and easily installed in a matter of seconds without the need for tools, the Dash Mount for iPad provides a custom, quality fit and sleek, low profile design. The sturdy, scratch-free mount ensures the user’s iPad remains safely and securely mounted to the dash for convenient access to favorite apps, maps/directions, music and more, with open access to the iPad’s ports and the power button. Users simply remove the iPad to gain full access to the factory stereo beneath.

Dash Mounts for iPad® are being introduced for the following vehicles:
• Ford F-150 – (2013 – 2014)
• Ford F-150 – (2015 and up)
• Ram Trucks – (2013 – 2015) with UConnect 8.4” Systems
• Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra (2014 and up) with 7” MyLink Display
• Toyota Tacoma – (2012 – 2015)
with more dash mounts planned in the coming months.
The mounts are designed to work with iPad Air, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro 9.7.

Scosche DDR

Scosche Industries, also announced the availability of its newest Data and Display Retention (DDR) Solutions.

These advanced car audio replacement solutions have built-in visual animations for important vehicle HVAC features like air flow selection, defrost, defog and more. The union of custom fit Scosche installation kits and sophisticated DDR interfaces provides a complete solution that retains all essential data and display functionality.

New Data and Display Retention (DDR) Solutions being introduced include:
• 2015 and up Kia Sorrento /Sedona;
• 2015 and up Kia Soul/Sportage;
• 2016 and up Chevrolet Cruze
• 2013 and up Dodge Ram Truck.
Each of these solutions is the first of its kind being offered in the industry.

Kevlar Tire Repair

MULTI SEAL, the world leader in industrial tire sealant technology for 35 years, introduces a new line of extreme-performance tire sealants for consumers — coming soon to a retailer near you. MULTI SEAL Tire Sealant with KEVLAR instantly seals punctures twice as big as the competition (up to ½ inch!), so you don’t get stranded … and so you don’t ruin your weekend. The high-tech, U.S.-made tire sealant features super-strong KEVLAR® fibers (not adhesives, like competitors’ products), so it prevents flats and fixes slow leaks, plus a single treatment lasts the life of your tire.  MULTI SEAL® Tire Sealant with KEVLAR® in your tires now and enjoy 24/7 protection for years — helping you save time, save money and reach your destination safely.

In all applications, MULTI SEAL Tire Sealant with KEVLAR® prevents flats up to 95% of the time due to punctures in the tread area, plus it fixes slow leaks. Tires normally lose air pressure over time, but MULTI SEAL® Tire Sealant with KEVLAR® seals all the areas where air loss normally occurs, including at the valve stem, through the tire’s natural porosity and along the bead. By helping maintain proper tire pressure, MULTI SEAL® Tire Sealant with KEVLAR® prevents most blowouts, prolongs tire life and improves fuel economy.

Contintental VDO Radios

The new line of VDO Radios from Continental, represent a new generation of vehicle sound systems that come with a heritage of over 80 years of sound quality and a strong reputation for excellence in the world of infotainment. Continental is the manufacturer and supplier of VDO Radios as well as a wide variety of VDO OE-engineered replacement parts and instrumentation for the custom car market.

VDO Radios feature a simple and clear design, with large buttons and knobs with rubber grips. The radios’ robust design and rugged construction makes them ideal for every type of application. In addition to excellent performance and high quality, ease of use was a key priority in the design of this new line of radios. Their intuitive interface provides straightforward access to a sophisticated range of functions. Models are available for both 12V and 24V vehicle applications. All of the radios are rugged enough to handle vibration levels of 2.7g.

All VDO Radios feature an AUX input for connecting to a music player or Smartphone, front panel USB 2.0 input, integrated microphone, dimmable displays and FM radio with RDS and traffic alerts. A high power internal amplifier and four preset equalizer settings, along with individual treble, bass and loudness control allow for sophisticated EQ control. All models can play both MP3 and WMAs, and are available with or without Bluetooth®. Bluetooth-equipped models have the ability to pair up to five (5) phones at once.

Hyundai & Bisimot Santa Fast

Hyundai and Bisimoto have again partnered for the SEMA show, this time developing a 1,040 horsepower, rear-drive “Santa-Fast” SUV. Bisimoto is well-renowned for awe-inspiring street, show and race vehicles.  With no fear of the unknown, Bisimoto is always on the cutting edge of automotive technology, and the Bisimoto “Santa Fast” Santa Fe is no exception, pumping out the power from a flex-fuel turbocharged, Hyundai-based 3.8L Lambda V6 powerplant making reliable power, positioned longitudinally and driving the rear wheels.

Honda Civic Type R & Honda Ridgeline

Honda will showcase a large presence at the 2016 SEMA show, headlined by the North American debut of the radical new Civic Type R prototype, straight from its global introduction in Paris.  The Civic R Prototype offers a glimpse into the styling of the next-generation Civic Type R, which will top off the 10th generation Civic lineup when it launches next year.

Joining the Type R will be a posse of custom-built, accessorized and tuned Civic variants.  This “Civicpalooza” will highlight the custom options available for the new Civic – from an all-new 2017 Civic Hatchback with Honda Genuine Accessories to the 600-horsepower Civic Red Bull Global Rallycross race car, fresh off its strong performance at the 2016 GRC season finale in Los Angeles.

Honda’s SEMA footprint also will include the innovative, all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck outfitted with Honda Genuine Accessories, along with three Honda Ridgeline project vehicles built in partnership with some of the most creative automotive tuning houses in the U.S.

Toyo Tesla Model X

Toyo Tires will show a 2016 Tesla Model X. Painted a vivid orange, this electric machine features an Unplugged Performance aerodynamics package, carbon fiber adjustable rear wing, Unplugged Performance sports suspension kit and Unplugged Performance UP-02 Ultra Light forged wheels.  ‘Ludicrous Mode’ programming delivers rapid acceleration, while Unplugged Performance x Brembo carbon ceramic 6-piston brakes provide the stopping power.  Providing the necessary grip is a set of 285/35R22 Toyo Proxes ST II tires.

BMW Performance Parts

BMW will present the extensive range of new M Performance Parts and Original BMW Accessories at their booth inside the lower South Hall (Booth 40247) at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. BMW vehicles that will be displayed throughout the show include a BMW M2 Safety Car, a BMW M3, a BMW X5, a BMW 340i finished in Alpine White with numerous M Performance Parts. Additionally, BMW will present a very special BMW Individual 740e xDrive iPerformance finished in BMW Individual Frozen Black Metallic featuring M Performance Parts at SEMA. Also on display at the H&R booth, BMW will showcase one of the five 3.0 CSL campaigned by BMW of North America in the 1975 & ’76 IMSA Camel GT Series in Group 4 specifications which won at Sebring, Riverside, Laguna Seca, Daytona and Talladega.

Wide spectrum of sporty and functional accessories for the BMW model range:

  • World premiere: motorsport aerodynamics for the BMW M3.
  • World premiere: M Performance light alloy wheel.
  • New coilover suspension for the BMW M3 and BMW M4.
  • M Performance Power & Sound Kit enhances both performance and sound.
  • M Performance Packages combine attractive individual options.

Moreover, at SEMA in Las Vegas, BMW is presenting the BMW Remote Engine Start for the first time. It will be initially available for models of the BMW 5 Series (F10) as well as the BMW X5 and X6. Thanks to being able to start the engine from a distance, drivers can precondition the inside of the car on exceptionally hot and cold days, as the simultaneously activated automatic climate control system cools down or heats up the interior to the preset temperature. The system is operated using the remote control of the standard car key – pressing the “lock” button three times starts the engine. If the car is not moved within twenty minutes, the system will automatically switch off the engine.

Gear LarryAlert

Gear introduces LarryAlert, the first pocket-sized connected smart alert device of its kind, designed with adventure in mind. The 3D radar motion sensor creates a size controlled virtual boundary that keeps an eye on your stuff while in crowded areas or open public spaces. People can move around your truck, boat trailer, campsite, office counter or next to your RV – no problem. As soon as anyone enters your radar protected area, an instant alert along with a photo burst of captured images is sent to your smartphone via state of the art long range WiFi. The manual photo feature allows anytime photo check on the area around your stuff. Smartphone App set-up options allow for silent or siren mode and a built-in real time streaming loudspeaker to greet friends or tell an intruder “hands off my stuff”! Now you can take your stuff with you without your stuff being taken from you.

No SIM card required. No monthly fees. Larry is designed as a rugged weather resistant take-anywhere device. Powered by exclusive 3D Radar sensing technology, the latest in embedded WiFi technology, and a LiPo rechargeable battery. Featuring a unique repositionable sticky backing, adjustable velcro strap, a lock-down cable, SD card, charger adapter and micro USB cable. Larry is simply the most unique portable security device ever created. Get outside and enjoy your activities with peace of mind.

Driver’s Little Helper Car Seat Monitor

Driver’s Little Helper is a smart car seat monitor that attaches to any brand of car seat and will send alerts to an app on your smartphone. This device lets parents know if their child is too hot, too cold, out of the car seat or still in the car when the parent gets out. The smart car seat monitor sends alerts and information to a smartphone app while also making audible alerts from the car seat when a child is in danger. You can also set up emergency contacts that receive text alerts. Now parents can make any car seat smarter and safer. This year Driver’s Little Helper was awarded Best In Show during the New York Baby Show.