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Audiovox Launches Car Connection And Care Connection

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  International CES, Center Hall, Booth 10404-10415 -- Audiovox Electronics Corp. (AEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (Nasdaq:VOXX), today announced the launch of its Care Connection and Car Connection products, both location based service systems (LBS) that will utilize Sprint's Nationwide Network in the U.S.A.

'Car Connection' is a new plug in On-Board Diagnostic (OBDII) device that will allow consumers to monitor, manage and maintain not only their own and other family drivers habits, but also vehicle performance and maintenance. It is a DIY solution that simply plugs into the vehicle's OBDII port, a standard feature on all vehicles since 1996.

'Care Connection' is a wearable personal tracking system that features two way voice communication that will help the 'sandwich generation' secure, protect and locate the people that they value most- their young children, teen drivers and aging parents.   Both systems will utilize Sprint's wireless network for connectivity.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, "Of the 5.4 million Americans currently living with Alzheimer's, 6 out of 10 will wander and become lost at some point during the course of the disease.  Wandering poses immediate safety concerns and creates significant stress for caregivers.  The Alzheimer's Association commends companies like Audiovox for providing families with quality safety services."

"We are pleased to endorse these new Audiovox products," said Keith Jarrett, Founder of AmberWatch.  "They bring us closer to our mission which is to provide the programs and technology solutions that protect children against abduction, predators and the dangers of the digital world." 

"Today's technology allows us to take our responsibility for caring for our families...whether old or young, to a whole new level. That same technology puts in the hands of the consumer the ability to monitor and manage their vehicle like never before," said Tom Malone, President of Audiovox Electronics Corp. "Tracking the movements of our aging parents or young children...and monitoring the driving habits of our teenagers are just some of the peace of mind features available with these products.  In addition, the Car Connection is an On-Board Diagnostic device that allows consumers to tie directly into their vehicle to make more educated decisions on personalized fuel saving and maintenance."

Car Connection features include the ability to disable text messaging in the vehicle as well as the ability to monitor drivers to detect reckless driving habits, a vehicle locator, geofencing and speed alerts.  For consumers and fleet owners alike, there are automobile maintenance alerts and reminders as well as driver safety alerts.  The systems also include driver coaching and allows for partnering with insurance companies to offer Usage-Based-Insurance (UBI)   discounts.  Car Connection is a small module that fits in the palm of your hand and plugs in under the dash in the OBDII portal...which makes it a complete DIY product.

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