CYPRESS, Calif., May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarion Corporation of America (CCA) announced today a smarter way to stay connected in your vehicle with Next GATE, a smartphone controller for iPhone. This device is easily connected and controls applications residing on the smartphone, allowing for advanced functionality in any vehicle. Key vehicle-friendly app partners include: TuneIn®, Pandora®, Vlingo©, INRIX Traffic, and InfoGation® with more to come. Likewise Clarion is currently working with multiple app partners to greatly expand the functionality of Next GATE. The functions of the applications are running on, and leveraging the power of, the smartphone and its wireless connectivity. Clarion's new Smart Access Cloud Telematics Service will enable users to download additional approved apps under development now and in the future.
Bluetooth functionality allows for hands-free calling and enables iPhone features such as voice dialing and voice activation.Next GATE will enhance the way the iPhone will be used through integration, interface and intelligence. "Clarion Next GATE exemplifies the future of in-vehicle electronics with the necessity to connect to and leverage the devices consumers bring into the vehicle," states Paul Lachner, President of Clarion Corporation of America. "The Next GATE will revolutionize the way people communicate and access information in the vehicle via their iPhone in an intuitive and user-friendly way, keeping their focus on driving." The Next GATE will have a broad consumer appeal due to its simple mounting and connection method, using a windshield mount and built-in speaker, microphone and audio output for a vehicle auxiliary jack. TuneIn®The offerings with Next GATE include a growing array of app content providers such as TuneIn® which is a new way to listen to the world through live, local and global radio wherever you are with over 50,000 stations including music, sports, news or current events like the GOP debate, Daytona 500 or South by Southwest (SXSW). "We are excited that Clarion is bringing the world's radio stations to cars," said Carl J. Rohling, VP Business Development at TuneIn. "With the new Clarion Next GATE, drivers can simply and safely listen to the world's music, sports and news stations through the TuneIn Radio app on their smartphones." Pandora® Next GATE also integrates the popular Pandora® internet radio app, which allows for personalized music preferences. Pandora Executive Vice President of Business and Corporate Development Jessica Steel said, "Our listeners want Pandora everywhere they are, and our automotive partnerships further ensure that Pandora is being heard in the most popular venue for radio listening: the car. We're thrilled that Clarion is developing new technologies that enable more drivers to effortlessly listen to their personalized radio stations wherever they go." Vlingo©Another addition is the Vlingo© voice recognition app which allows for speech to text capabilities ideal to connect to email and social media channels while behind the wheel. "Clarion is known for its industry-leading automotive products. Integrating Vlingo's voice virtual assistant technology was a natural fit," says Chris Barnett, EVP of Markets, Vlingo. "We look forward to further collaboration and innovation with Clarion on compelling voice technology advancements to in-car systems."