Next GATE will enhance the way the iPhone will be used through integration, interface and intelligence. ”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,” states Paul Lachner, President of Clarion Corporation of America. “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.”
The Next GATE will have a broad consumer appeal due to its simple mounting and connection method, using a windshield mount and built-in speaker, microphone and audio output for a vehicle auxiliary jack.
The offerings with Next GATE include a growing array of app content providers such as TuneIn® which is a new way to listen to the world through live, local and global radio wherever you are with over 50,000 stations including music, sports, news or current events like the GOP debate, Daytona 500 or South by Southwest (SXSW). ”We are excited that Clarion is bringing the world’s radio stations to cars,” said Carl J. Rohling, VP Business Development at TuneIn. ”With the new Clarion Next GATE, drivers can simply and safely listen to the world’s music, sports and news stations through the TuneIn Radio app on their smartphones.”
Pandora® Next GATE also integrates the popular Pandora® internet radio app, which allows for personalized music preferences. Pandora Executive Vice President of Business and Corporate Development Jessica Steel said, “Our listeners want Pandora everywhere they are, and our automotive partnerships further ensure that Pandora is being heard in the most popular venue for radio listening: the car. We’re thrilled that Clarion is developing new technologies that enable more drivers to effortlessly listen to their personalized radio stations wherever they go.”
Clarion’s Next GATE also offers consumers a way to join the world’s largest community of drivers outsmarting traffic together. With drivers wasting 34 gallons of gas last year idling in traffic jams and fuel expected to soar to $5 per gallon by summer, INRIX Traffic is a free smartphone app with up-to-the-minute insight into the fastest routes. The INRIX Traffic app covers nearly twice as many roads as any other app and it identifies the worst delays on highways and city streets nationwide so drivers can steer clear. “As gas prices soar worldwide, Clarion customers now benefit from the largest community of drivers in the world working together to save time, gas and money avoiding traffic,” said Kevin Foreman, Vice President of Mobile Applications for INRIX. “We welcome Clarion and their customers to our community as we make drive time stress-free and less expensive for everyone.”
Count on InfoGation to guide you to your destination with turn-by-turn navigation with full screen maps and graphics. ”Having worked with Clarion over a decade ago to develop an advanced navigation software platform, InfoGation has built upon that base and we are pleased to be working with Clarion again on such an innovative product like the Clarion Next GATE” states Kent Pu, CEO of InfoGation. ”We are thrilled to offer one of the most advanced, reliable mapping software applications for turn-by-turn navigation to such a revolutionary product.”
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.
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 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
Clarion’s Next GATE will be available beginning June 1, 2012. The suggested retail price is $269.99. To learn more about Next GATE and other innovative products from Clarion, visit www.clarion.com/us
Clarion Corporation of America, headquartered in Cypress, California, is a subsidiary of Clarion Co. Ltd., headquartered in Japan, which has been a consolidated subsidiary of the Hitachi Group since 2006 and an international leader in car audio and electronics since 1940. The company is involved in the research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and marketing of mobile entertainment, navigation, communication and safety and security products for the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle, commercial fleet and heavy industry environments. Clarion has been the recipient of numerous awards for design innovation, support, manufacturing and product reliability from independent organizations and customers alike. The company has marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the web at www.clarion.com.