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  • 06 Jan 2014 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    To Add More Members and hold its Annual Event at KnowledgeFest

    SEWDESBORO, NJ. (January 6, 2014) - The industry’s largest marketing group, In Car Experts (ICE) and the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA) has announced a new partnership that is projected to add more than 75 new members to MERA and double the number of ICE locations nationwide. All current and future ICE member locations will now receive the benefits of MERA membership and ICE will geographically review the best MERA member locations to support new markets.

    “When successful organizations combine resources and work together, great things can happen.” said ICE Executive Director Rob Elliott.  “We are excited about how this partnership will benefit members of both groups and feel as though any collaboration designed to increase business while lowering expenses is good for the industry as a whole.”

    ICE will also hold their annual member meeting at KnowledgeFest in Dallas making it easier and more cost efficient for retailers and supporting vendor partners. The event will feature specific ICE membership-only sessions while allowing all that attend to share product training and multi-track education.

    “Both MERA and ICE share goals for growing the industry through strategic marketing and education,” said MERA President Chris Cook. “MERA’s KnowledgeFest is the perfect venue to culminate the best and the brightest from both groups.”

    For more information stop by the MERA booth at International CES, North Hall 2201 or contact MERA or ICE leadership.

    About In Car Experts

    In Car Experts is a group of the nation's best mobile electronics retailers supported by vendor partners who are committed to the success of the independent specialist.  Working as a $250+ million collective, with over 200 storefronts, members benefit from marketing, and enhanced vendor programs that are only available when functioning as part of a large group.

    About the Mobile Electronics Retailers Association

    The Mobile Electronics Retailers Association (MERA), with over 1000 members nationwide, strives to grow the mobile electronics industry by supporting its professionals with education, networking opportunities and legislative support. Members include retailers, manufacturers, distributors, manufacturer’s representatives and others who realize professionalism and continuing education are cornerstones for successful business. MERA serves as the safe and neutral field where all parts of the industry can gather to learn from and share with one another.



  • 01 Mar 2012 5:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 -- A maze of wires and computers is the key to your vehicle's deepest secrets. The Controller Area Network, or CAN, is incredibly complex, but here's what drivers should know about how it keep your car's components connected.

    For the full article, visit Popular Mechanics.

  • 01 Mar 2012 5:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 -- UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Teenage driver Joy McVicker initially thought her parents were joking when they said they were putting a video camera in her car.

    “But then once I got in my car, it wasn’t so funny anymore,” she said.

    Six months later, McVicker has adjusted to the DriveCam – a black box that hangs right behind her rear-view mirror. One camera inside the box is pointed at the driver’s seat, the other is aimed out the windshield, showing what is happening in front of the car.

    The camera’s red light comes on anytime McVicker does something risky, like braking quickly or taking a corner too fast. It then sends her parents a 12-second video, which shows the eight seconds before her risky maneuver and the four seconds after. That brief clip frequently offers up a teachable moment, something McVicker and her parents can watch together and discuss.

    For full article, visit King5.

  • 01 Mar 2012 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 -- Torrance, Calif. -- Auto Page, winner of Best of Innovations Award in 2008 for C3, will be shipping C3 Hybrid on March 5th. The new C3 Hybrid, compatible with Auto Page systems, is also compatible with other brands as well as OEM systems.

    To enhance and sharpen the ‘The all brands and OEM compatibility message’ of C3 Hybrid, Auto Page will be offering a host of incentives and P.O.P. materials to include brochures, banners, standees, T-shirts and an updated C3 web site for in-store use.

    Brochures & Banners
    Auto Page is providing an ample supply of C3 Hybrid 4-color Tri-fold consumer brochures and a new C3 Banner (96” x 24”) will be available.

    The standee is 60”x 30” 4-color floor display that will attract in-store customer awareness and interest in the new C3 Hybrid. The C3 Standee is easily assembled and is a very attractive addition to in-store merchandising.

    C3 Hybrid T-shirts are available in Medium / Large / X-Large and XX-Large.

    New Updated Website
    Go to the new updated website and check out how easy it is to get C3 on your iPhone, Android based smart phone and Blackberry smart phone from the App stores. Also check out the C3 videos showing the operation of C3 on each of three smart phone platforms.

  • 01 Mar 2012 5:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 --

    Mercedes will integrate Apple’s Siri voice-assisted technology into future A-Class models of its cars. This will be done via a special app that will also translate an iPhone’s screen onto the in-car display, so you can listen to music, change radio stations or update your Facebook and Twitter status.

    The technology will be available in Mercedes' full range of city cars (starting at $25,000), but first drivers will have to install the company's Drive Kit Plus app on their iPhones. The app allows you to control the phone from the car’s in-dash display and a controller found on the center armrest. Note: It could be a bit like KITT from the 1980s Knight Rider TV series.

    For the full article, visit PCWorld

  • 01 Mar 2012 5:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 -- On average, two children die and about 50 are injured every week when someone accidentally backs over them in a vehicle, according to, a nonprofit group that pushed the government to begin tracking such tragedies. And more than two-thirds of the time, a parent or other close relative is behind the wheel.

    Now, auto safety regulators have decided to do something about it. Federal regulators plan to announce this week that automakers will be required to put rearview cameras in all passenger vehicles by 2014 to help drivers see what is behind them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which proposed the mandate in late 2010, is expected to send a final version of the rule to Congress on Wednesday.

    For the full article, visit N.Y. Times.

  • 28 Dec 2011 1:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This story is taken from Sacbee / Our Region / Transportation

    Published Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011

    Cellphone talkers and texters, beware. California Highway Patrol officers around Sacramento have special marching orders on Friday and Saturday:

    Find you and ticket you.

    "If someone is driving distracted, we want officers to issue citations," said CHP spokesman Adrian Quintero.

    Also on Friday, plainclothes officers and volunteers with clipboards will be stationed on foot at several major intersections around Sacramento, peering into passing car windows and noting the types of distracted driving they see.

    Similar tallies will be taken in the Auburn and Stockton areas. They won't be ticketing. They'll be gathering data to be forwarded to the California Office of Traffic Safety as part of an emerging statewide campaign to understand and combat distracted driving.

    Troubled by drivers who continue to talk and text on cellphones despite new laws prohibiting it, safety officials say they hope educational messages and some old-fashioned ticket writing will help change people's driving habits.

    CHP officials, who conducted a similar crackdown statewide in April, admit to some frustration. "It is pretty blatant now," Quintero said of drivers ignoring the law. "It is kind of scary as well, having our families out on the road."

    It's against the law in California to talk on a handheld cellphone, and to write, send or read text-based communications on a cell- or smartphone or other electronic wireless device while driving. Violators face a $166 fine.

    The California law on handheld cellphones, one of the first in the nation, went into effect in 2008. The ban on texting followed in 2009. Since then, the CHP has issued about 500,000 cellphone tickets, but only 12,000 texting tickets. Officials say texting is harder to detect.

    Earlier this month, the National Transportation Safety Board called for a nationwide ban on the use of all cellphones, including those that are hands-free, while driving. The author of California's handheld cellphone ban, Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, said he believes a hands-free ban is unlikely to win approval in the Legislature and that he doesn't plan to introduce a bill on the subject.

    Law enforcement officials say their concern about distracted driving extends beyond cellphones. They point out that during Friday's crackdown, drivers who are observed eating food or reading a newspaper, for instance, can be cited if that activity affects their ability to safely operate a vehicle.

    "The car is supposed to get you from point A to B, not to be used as your bathroom for shaving or putting on makeup. That's ridiculous," Quintero said.

    The zero tolerance period will run for 24 hours, from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.

    In the coming months, the CHP also plans to focus distracted-driving enforcement on streets around some local high schools.

    State officials say they do not have sufficient data to know how many crashes are caused by drivers using cellphones. CHP data indicate inattentive driving contributed to the deaths of 217 people in 2009 and 2010, about 4 percent of roadway fatalities. But safety officials say the number may be much higher. Extrapolations from a federal highway safety analysis suggest as many as 18 percent of traffic deaths could be related to driver inattentiveness or distractions.

    Drunken driving still accounts for the highest percentage of California roadway fatalities, at 29 percent. Notably, though, 20 percent of California drivers in a recent survey said they believe cellphone use is the biggest safety problem on the road. Eighteen percent listed texting as the worst risk, 17 percent said speeding and aggressive driving, and 13 percent cited drunken driving.

    Officials with the state traffic safety office, which did the survey, said they're pleased drivers recognize cellphone conversations as a serious driving distraction.

    "Distracted driving is something we want to curb early, so it doesn't become entrenched," state traffic safety spokesman Chris Cochran said.

    © Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.

    Call The Bee's Tony Bizjak, (916) 321-1059.

  • 23 Dec 2011 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Last year at CES, OnStar wasn't too shy about teasing its partnership with Verizon that would assist in bringing applications like YouTube, Wikipedia and Skype to your vehicle. At that point, though, it was just an idea. Fast forward to next year's iteration of the Consumer Electronics Show and that's turned into a reality. It's safe to say that Skyping-and-driving wouldn't be the best of ideas, but fortunately the system will keep you from making that mistake by only running when your car is immobile -- so don't make any plans to call your friends to tell them how fast you're going. Your kids, or other backseat passengers, won't be too worried since they'll be able to take full advantage of all the gimmicks; including the aforementioned, video streaming and the usual Angry Birds frolic. The in-car system is set to be shown on Volt and Cadillac models, and OnStar has said that there's more deets to be unveiled -- you'll just have to wait until we head to Vegas to find out.
  • 22 Dec 2011 8:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday, December 22, 2011 -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is more focused on bringing awareness to motorists – through, for instance – then through adopting the all-across-the-board ran as recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board in the wake of a deadly collision in Missouri last year that the agency blamed in part on a driver who was texting while driving.

    According to the Wall Street Journal, at a press conference in Washington this week, LaHood simply declined to endorse the NTSB’s proposal. Mr. LaHood's agency has rule-making authority over auto safety, while the NTSB doesn't, the WSJ reported. LaHood has been behind the efforts to reduce driver distraction for a while. Last year, he said a ban on cellphone use on the road could be necessary, but that is no longer the case. Hands-free calling "is not the big problem in America," Mr. LaHood said, per WSJ. "If other people want to work on hands-free, so be it."

  • 22 Dec 2011 8:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thursday, December 22, 2011 -- As it gets ready to roll out its all new Model S electric car, Tesla is making navigation optional in at least one of its models for the car, which has a base MSRP of $49,900.

    The Tech package, costing $3,750, features a 17-inch touch screen but will not have navigation, according to a CNET report. Tesla points out that, as the Model S is a connected car, Google or other browser-based navigation will be available on the 17-inch screen even without this package, but the Tech package brings in a navigation system with maps stored on hard drive.

    Other features of the Tech package include an in-dash 16GB hard drive, two USB ports, and a backup camera. You can bump up the stereo system for $950 and add an adaptive air suspension for $1,500.

    Tesla Motors recently launched a website that shows the upcoming vehicle line-up, specs and prices, after the $7,500 federal tax credit.

    Other features of the Tech package include an in-dash 16GB hard drive, two USB ports, and a backup camera. You can bump up the stereo system for $950 and add an adaptive air suspension for $1,500.

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