As many of our readers have realized that after a few years, it is more difficult for their smartphones to work with their in-car infotainment, CD or radio receivers. The latest iOS 8 update has disconnected and discontented many Bluetooth users. People keep their cars for five or more years and their smartphones for two years or less. The good news is that if you want to replace the head unit because you no longer use cassette tapes or CDs and want a new Bluetooth system Scosche is offering adapter kits to make installations look like the original.
Features of the aftermarket audio systems with expanded smartphone functionality include Pandora, styling and FLAC file playback. The new receivers have larger screens, better colors and brightness functions.
Dash noted on its website is opening up its OBII system for the ‘Internet of Cars.’ The API allows developers to add to the existing Dash mobile applications.
Pioneer announced that it has developed a rearview mirror telematics unit with LTE that it claims will be first in the Japanese market to utilize cloud services. It appears this could be a great aftermarket technology for those who want to connect a rear view camera and GPS with Wi-Fi hotspots and use voice commands.
The Mojio connects to an onboard diagnostic port OBDII that is in most cars manufactured after 1996. Drivers with Mojio will be able to locate, monitor and diagnose their car from their iOS or Android smartphone. The data from the car will be delivered through AT&T’s network.