Audiovox brings Android to rear seat entertainment
January 10, 2012 by John Day
Audiovox Electronics Corporation (AEC) will produce a custom headrest system that brings full function Android technology through local hotspot Wi-Fi connection to their custom headrest, rear seat entertainment (RSE) product line.
“Consumer behavior is changing. People have their whole lives on a single device that they use for music, videos and sharing content and they don’t want to give that up just because they are in their cars,” said Tom Malone, President, Audiovox Electronic Corporation.
“Our new Android based headrest system lets the rear seat passenger stay connected. Simply tap into a Wi-Fi hotspot wirelessly through your Smartphone or other Wi-Fi enabled devices, and your backseat passengers can immediately enjoy all Android technology has to offer…like surfing the web or social networking, playing music videos, and even streaming movies.”
This new RSE system will start shipping in Q3, 2012 under the Audiovox and Advent brands, and will include an upgradeable Android operating system with a dual-core processor and Wi-Fi capabilities (external hotspot necessary). Multiple usage configurations provide rear seat passengers with Android access on both monitors with or without DVD. The system also comes with Hi-Def Digital LCD monitors with LED backlighting, and USB, SD and HDMI connection ports. The system is Bluetooth enabled, comes with a wireless remote control, and is available in over 1,000 OE style vehicle applications. All headrest systems comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
“It used to be that content was king…now content delivery rules the pack,” said Malone. “We are beyond physical DVD and Blu-Ray media. Consumers now want applications to stream and/or download audio, video, games, news, sports, and social media. Android tablets make up 22% of all the tablets shipped and Android Smartphones dominate the field with a 55% share. We chose Android since it is an open system to work with, unlike closed systems that require extensive certification and licensing agreements that create development delays and increased product costs.”
For more information on the Audiovox Custom Headrest product line visit: http://audiovoxproducts.com/audiovoxheadrests/