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Clarion Debuts Next GATE, a Revolutionary In-Vehicle Intelligent Controller for iPhone
Clarion 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.
These features coupled with a growing selection of apps are road-worthy enough to make any drive more enjoyable. Adding additional features and applications will be made possible by Clarion’s all-new Smart Access connectivity platform for automotive.
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 and 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.
Aside from the great app integrations for Next GATE, it also comes equipped with a microSD slot, a built-in speaker, blue LED buttons and indicator, auxiliary audio output, built in microphone, external microphone ready and a 7-inch digital WVGA touch panel LCD monitor. The Next GATE is compatible with iPhone 4S and iPhone 4, and has a 12 volt power adapter for easy connection which also allows for charging while in-use. 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’s Next GATE will be available beginning June 1, 2012. The suggested retail price is $269.99.
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)
-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
-Blue LED buttons and indicator
-12 volt power adapter
-AUX audio output
-360º adjustable suction mount