Vehicle Telematics

LASER unveils in-car touchscreen with CarPlay & Android auto

LASER has released a new in-car touchscreen, allowing users to access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for cars that don’t have these systems built in.

The Navig8r Portable Wireless Touchscreen integrates the car with the phone, providing access to messages, phone calls, directions, music playback, and more without removing hands from the steering wheel.

Most new cars do support CarPlay and Android Auto. However, second-hand car purchasers, along with anyone with a model over a few years, are left wanting. Recent research has revealed 80% of surveyed Australians want access to these features.

The Navig8r 7-inch Portable Wireless Touchscreen is easy to install. It is also easy to use with voice commands to Siri or Google Assistant.

Some of the integrated apps include maps (Apple, Google, Waze), music (Apple, Spotify, Amazon), messaging (including WhatsApp), calls, podcasts, calendars, AirPlay and Miracast.

USB powers the device, and any USB source can provide power to it. It has a 7-inch LCD screen with IPS for improved colour accuracy and consistency, along with a wider viewing angle.

There is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity from a smartphone. Once connected, the system saves the pairing and automatically reconnects every time the user is in the car.

The user also has a choice of preset stations. Moreover, can tune it to FM radio and enjoy it through the car’s audio system or the built-in speaker on the screen.

It has an extendable Windscreen mount for various installation options, and is adaptable for all windscreen types.

Also available is an add-on accessory, the Navig8r Add-On Reverse Camera. This compact device, mountable in tight spaces, is ideal for any monitor with a 3.5mm phono plug, ensuring versatile compatibility.

After installing the camera, it offers a clear view behind the car, regardless of the situation or time of day. It has HD 720p resolution, night vision, and an IP67 weatherproof rating.

Harvey Norman is currently selling the Navig8r 7-inch Portable Wireless Touchscreen for $169.00 AUD. Moreover, the complementary Navig8r Add-On Reverse Camera costs $29.95 AUD.

Managing Director of LASER and Head of the Navig8r brand, Chris Lau said, “With road trip season just around the corner, and the rising demand around in-car smartphone integration, the role of portable options is becoming incredibly popular. We see this as a handsfree extension of your phone. It’s great for gifting and ideal to make any ‘dumb’ car a smart one. It also continues our ongoing commitment to deliver such a compelling option that is well under $200.”

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