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Clarion unveils cloud based infotainment in-vehicle devices

USA: Clarion Corporation of America has announced the addition of two new innovative products to their 2013 mobile electronics line up. Both devices have been designed and developed with today’s mobile lifestyle and connectivity in mind, offering seamless compatibility with satellite radio from SiriusXM, iPhone and Android smartphones and featuring access to Clarion’s exclusive Smart Access cloud server.

Clarion NX603
Clarion NX603

The flagship NX603 is Clarion’s most advanced in-dash navigation source unit model for 2013. It features built-in Bluetooth capabilities including a microphone, CD/DVD/SD/USB ports, 8GB micro SD card for map storage and a second SD card slot to access entertainment files.  This model incorporates the highly acclaimed iGo Primo navigation software as part of its built-in applications and features Clarion’s latest map system, ensuring users access to the most updated maps and data available at the time of purchase.  The large 6.2-inch WVGA touch panel display offers an all-new highly animated GUI highlighted by variable color key illumination featuring 728 colors and offers an HDMI port for smartphone mirroring.

The FX503 is Clarion’s first double DIN digital media receiver. The sleek device is highlighted by a wide touchscreen display with advanced animated graphics (GUI).  Its clean sleek styling offers minimal hard buttons allowing the unit to feature an expanded touch screen display for easier, more intuitive operation. Like the NX603, FX503 also offers and HDMI port for smartphone mirroring

Both the NX603 and FX503 are SiriusXM-Ready via the optional SXV200 SiriusXM Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit. Additionally, they can both control iPod and iPhone directly via USB.  The Smart Access apps are available via the Apple AppStore or Google Play Store and include popular names such as Pandora, Tunein Radio as well as Clarion exclusive apps like FB4Car and Twit4Car.

Paul Lachner, President of Clarion Corporation of America, said: “In our 70 year history, we have designed and manufactured some of the world’s best performing in-vehicle audio, navigation and infotainment systems. Our goal is to simplify what it takes for people to fully and safely take full advantage of infotainment in their vehicles by providing them with not just great audio, but superior yet streamlined interface as well as easy connectivity to the ever-growing services and capabilities available online.  It is not a coincidence that these new products perform so well when it comes to user interface and seamless connectivity.”

Clarion’s FX503 and NX603 will be available in the second quarter of 2013.

Source: http://www.clarion.com/us/en/newstopics/index_2013/20130108_02/index.html

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