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The problem with most voice-recognition systems in modern cars is the stilted, unnatural commands required to execute even the simplest functions. Cadillac is supposedly working on bringing more natural voice commands to market with CUE, but Pioneer and its new Zypr voice-to-cloud platform aims to take it a step further.
Utilizing a tethered smartphone or embedded modem, the new system listens and acts on commands based on conversational direction. Say, “Play some music” and Zypr responses with “Which artist?” or “Which source?” Tell the system “I’m in the mood for Thai” and it will list off the nearest restaurants, provide Yelp ratings and allow you to get directions and email the address to your friends. Facebook and Google integration is also part of the package, and since it’s all handled in the cloud, the expansion of sources and options is infinite. And Zypr won’t just be limited to cars.
Pioneer wants the technology to find its way into every consumer electronics device on the market (for obvious licensing reasons), and with Apple’s Siri functionality on the iPhone 4S putting a new emphasis on natural speech recognition, consumers will be demanding similar tech in almost everything they own within the next few years.

The problem with most voice-recognition systems in modern cars is the stilted, unnatural commands required to execute even the simplest functions. Cadillac is supposedly working on bringing more natural voice commands to market with CUE, but Pioneer and its new Zypr voice-to-cloud platform aims to take it a step further.

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Audiovox, partnering with Qualcomm, have launched a mobile television product called FLO TV.  Installed in any vehicle with an existing mobile entertainment system (must have auxiliary A/V input), the FLO TV device allows passenges to enjoy a wide variety of programming while on the road.

For as little as $10/month (plans vary, check with www.flotv.com for more info), a mix of live, simulcast and time-shifted broadcasts are available.  FLO TV is a terrestrial-based system, not satellite, so coverage is not coast-to-coast. However, all major metropolitan areas are covered, as well as most commonly traveled highways.

Audiovox has chosen a selected group of retailers to bring the product to market.  Professional installation is required.  FLO TV can be added to an existing system, or installed as a part of a new mobile entertainment system. The maximum monitor size for proper resolution is 10.4″, so it will work perfectly on all headrest monitors and most overheads.

The system includes the FLO TV receiver, an unobtrusive exterior antenna and two remote controls. One of the remote controls is hard-wired to the receiver, so if the wireless remote is lost or damaged the system can still be operated.  That’s smart thinking when many of the users will be children. More information can be found at www.flotv.com.

What started off as a limited edition car ended up as 1/1 in the world! All the LP650-4 cars came one way from Lamborghini with Grigio Telesto grey exterior paint and Arancio Leonis orange highlights. The owner of this car wanted the car matte black with gloss black highlights. This is how the transformation to become an AE Edition car began.

The car was transported by NTT (Norwalk Tow & Transport) to Avio Coach Craft to have the paint work done. The car was striped down to the metal and the complete interior was removed so that a proper complete paint make over could be achieved.

After the paint was completed the car was transported again by NTT to Giovanna Wheels to have the custom made 19” GFG 3-piece forged Narkid wheels and Pirelli tires installed. The wheels were painted with a gloss black outer lip, matte black center and orange highlights to perfectly match the brake calipers. Pirelli P-Zero 245/30/19 front and 355/25/19 rear tires were used to insure a safe and overall perfect fitment for this car.

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busted_rim_580-smallIt’s a toss-up when trying to figure out what’s more stupid, joyriding employees or a Porsche owner who thinks Circuit City is the best place to perform an audio installation on a 911 Turbo. (more…)

Pioneer is introducing navigation systems that will avoid the high price of gas by directing drivers to less expensive stations – the brand new Pioneer AVIC-F series. (more…)

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The NavGate AVIC-F900BT will guide you, enable you to control and use your phone hands-free, produces supreme sound and with USB and SD connections, is extremely versatile.

The system can play multiple audio and video formats and can be linked to your PC, which, in harness with our freely downloadable software, enables you to create and add your own points of interest to the unit’s maps.

The NavGate AVIC-F900BT will be available in spring 2008.

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In this week’s installment of “I Want That” from Al & Ed’s Autosound, Mr Mobile discusses Audiovox’s Movies-2-Go 7″ LCD/DVD headrest system. It’s a complete headrest monitor system in a box and Mr. Mobile explains how easy the system is to set-up and drop into just about any ride. The coolest thing about a system like this is that you don’t have to destroy your factory headrests attempting to install the system yourself. You wouldn’t think a headrest is an expensive thing to replace, but they can run upwards of $300 or more just for one headrest from the dealer! Not only do you save time and money by going with a simple system like this, you can easily put your car back to stock when it comes time to sell it or trade it in!