Clarion launches Next GATE, in-vehicle intelligent controller for iPhone


USA – Clarion Corporation of America (CCA) has unveiled a new device Next GATE, a smartphone controller for iPhone. The 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. 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.

Paul Lachner, President of Clarion Corporation of America, stated that “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. 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.”

Original content is offered via Next GATE with apps exclusive to the smartphone controller. Key iPhone functions become road friendly with Vlingo support, such as Voice Launcher, Text-to-Speech, Speech-to-Text app inclusions like Facebook, Twitter and News applications which will allow for easy access all while keeping your focus on the road.

The system is connected via an easy to set up auxiliary connector while the Clarion Smart Access app manager is a free download on the iTunes app store.

Clarion Next GATE features and benefits:

–        Controls approved smartphone apps optimized for in-vehicle use

–        Compatible with Clarion’s Smart Access cloud service and app

–        Leverages application functions such as navigation, internet radio, social networking and voice control/ text readout for select functions

–        Built-in Bluetooth hands-free interface (HFP)

–        Music/Audio playback

–        Built-in microphone and external microphone ready

–        Compatible with iPhone 4S and iPhone 4

–        iPhone direct connect and charging capabilities (cable included)

–        7-inch Digital WVGA Touch Panel LCD Monitor

–        microSD slot

–        Built-in speaker

–        Blue LED buttons and indicator

–        12 volt power adapter

–        AUX audio output

–        360º adjustable suction mount



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