By Fredy Ramirez
Mobile-Electronics & Technology New Products
The Future Looks Electric
While electric vehicles seem to be a leading industry topic of conversation, adapting older models to current vehicle technology is still driving customer demand. As well, bolt-on advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) continue to impact the market. The advent of UTVs as a major player in the market has also extended to the mobile-electronics segment. The following is a collection of products displayed in the New Products Showcase at the 2019 SEMA Show, and insights from industry experts.
Amy Faulk, Chief Executive Officer, Hypertech
“Virtually every major manufacturer has plans for some type of electric vehicle. Several independent companies are attempting to follow in Tesla’s footsteps, focusing on electric propulsion. Rivian, a California-based company, hopes to release a fully electric pickup. But closer to our SEMA members, Big Daddy Don Garlits made news setting two records with an electric dragster in the quarter-mile. So as aftermarket providers of products designed to deliver a better driving experience, increased fuel economy and legal emissions, we challenge ourselves with the thought of what products would add customer benefit to an electric vehicle owner.”
Craig Piersma, Director of Marketing, Gentex Corp.
“Right now, automaker R&D is focused on the future: vehicle electrification and autonomous driving solutions. That means there’s a huge opportunity for the supply base and aftermarket to develop features drivers want and need today. We need to be listening to the consumer and help the industry develop features that bridge the gap between today and the autonomous future.”
Chris Cook, President, Mobile Electronics Association
“Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are the gateway and foundation technologies for advancing connected, automated and autonomous driving. To properly transition to fully autonomous, SAE Level-5 vehicles, we must have a way for them to properly receive vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications with non-autonomous vehicles sharing our roads. I see this as an area of growth yet to be realized, and one that has great potential in the aftermarket.”
Tara Bloch, Marketing Manager, Diode Dynamics
“With the coming electrification in the market, entirely new categories of products will be in demand, especially in powertrain and electronics.
As the systems become more sophisticated, price points will rise for modifications, which will drive growth in the industry, led by the companies who can respond quickly to the changing landscape of what a vehicle is in 2020.”
“We are sure to see continued growth in safety performance, high-end auto sound, connectivity and vehicle electrification this year. While car makers are delivering these technologies and features, there are nearly 280 million vehicles on the road that stand to benefit from the latest safety performance, connected and electrification technology offerings from innovative aftermarket companies.”
—John Waraniak, Vice President of Vehicle Technology, SEMA
New Products Featured in the 2019 SEMA New Products Showcase
Expand field of vision with the Intellihaul 2.0 blind-spot camera towing system from EchoMaster, engineered to add visibility into blind spots while towing in Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks, starting with model-year ’19. It features proprietary, factory-matched side mirror pods with built-in HD blind-spot elimination cameras.
The EchoMaster third brake light camera is one camera with three viewing angles—truck bed and side blind-spot views. The left and right blind-spot views automatically activate when using a turn signal. The ultra-low lux video sensor provides superior day and night use. Currently available for select Ford, General Motors and Ram trucks.
This microwave blind-spot sensor kit adds an OEM-grade sensor system into the factory rear bumper of ’07–’18 Jeep Wrangler JK/JKUs. It includes audible and visible alerts for notification.
This full-view HD rearview-mirror monitor and camera kit provides visibility behind ’07–’18 Jeep Wrangler vehicles so that users can see through obstacles such as a spare tires, headrests, passengers or anything else in the way. There is also a custom spare-tire bracket included for simplified installation.
Stinger X-Link’s patented design is said to provide the highest power transfer and system flexibility for no-compromise installations. With X-Link, gain maximum performance by utilizing its ability to transform from an inline fuse holder to an expandable power, ground or power+ground distribution using 0, 4 or 8GA in/outputs and/or both ANL, MIDI/AFS fuses.
Antigravity Lithium Batteries
The Battery Tracker is said to be the first Bluetooth device that monitors the voltage and condition of vehicle or RV batteries remotely via a phone. Easily know real-time and historical voltage and charging data without having to check the battery manually. Low-battery warnings and data are sent automatically to the phone.
A specifically designed auto-engine start for Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Comes with a built-in bypass module/system. With model 80300-E, all the installer needs to do is identify the vehicle’s year and model and set the pin switches to correspond to that particular vehicle. Quality-made and equipped with advanced and desirable features.
Aerodynamic single-row LED light bar cover.
The company’s first dealer line 1-ohm stable 3,000-watt amp. Available only through authorized dealer line locations.
BME/Boss Audio Systems
Multimedia radio with 5-in. touchscreen. Weatherproof and 60 watts times four max power. Compatible with audio out from smartphones and MP3 players. Equipped with USB, aux, AV and rear camera input. Ideal for powersports, marine and other outdoor recreational vehicles.
Antigravity Lithium Batteries
Never be stranded by a dead battery again. Antigravity Batteries says that its new lithium-ion automotive battery is the world’s first battery with wireless built-in jump-starting. Available in OEM group sizes. Features include eight- to 10-year life cycle, ultra-light weight and high power at 14 lbs. with 1,300 cranking amps. Wireless key fob included to activate built-in jump-starting.
AutoRing is an early-warning detection system for vehicles. When a thief opens a vehicle equipped with AutoRing, it activates and takes a picture of the thief within 30 sec. and sends it to an app on the user’s phone with GPS location of vehicle. Have peace of mind with AutoRing.
Award-winning radar blind-spot detection for trucks, this system works like an original-equipment-based system. Brandmotion’s radar-based system works with any ’15–’19 Ford F-150 trim level and offers the only system based on automaker-validated original-equipment components, resulting in true OEM-like fit, finish and performance.
Brandmotion’s latest FullVue mirror resets the driving experience by helping the user see what has never been seen before. This versatile new safety and convenience aid replaces the current rearview mirror with a full HD video screen. View exactly what the user needs to see with no obstructions of passengers, cargo or small rear windows.
The Cobra Road Scout Elite packaging was designed to attract discriminating drivers who want to be empowered with differentiated and intelligent driver-alert solutions. Cobra created the packaging with the driver in mind. Its aim was to showcase the benefits, features and value of the product by driving smarter, resulting in safer driving.
The CTEK Smartpass 120S is a fully automatic 120-amp power management system that distributes power between the starter battery, the service battery and onboard equipment without the need for traditional diodes or VSR relays. Key features of the Smartpass 120S include smart alternator compatibility, current source priority and start assistance.
Brandmotion brings the first aftermarket rear-vision display made specifically for the tow/haul market. Drivers no longer need to sacrifice continuous rear vision while pulling a trailer. This system will provide a high-resolution video of everything happening behind them. With this system, drivers can see what they’ve never seen before.
The Road Scout is a two-in-one driver-alert system with an accurate and long-range radar detector combined with a high-definition dash cam to capture and share unexpected moments. Uses sensors such as radar/laser-cameras to a HD Wi-Fi dash cam to detect live road threats and help drivers tell their side of the story for insurance claims or incidents.
Performance sound controlled by app or remote control. Increase a car’s sound with the new DPW cutout exhaust system. The cutout combines technology and craftsmanship with its exclusive DRS design, allowing an easy installation and mounting customization and enabling the use of different angles and sides.
Car Mate USA/Razo
DC5000A has front- and rear-facing lenses that record events in 4.1 or 7.3 megapixels. It records 360 degrees horizontally and 360 degrees vertically. Dual-recording technology automatically crops the front-facing footage and creates a separate, higher-definition 2.0- megapixels file. Packed with features such as wireless LAN, Sony image sensor, GPS and three-axis G sensor.
The CTEK D250SE delivers a powerful 20 amps of power to charge, condition and maintain any 12V service battery while on the move. Its dual-input capability means it can also draw power from solar sources, and it comes with some exciting features: flexible charging, direct connection for solar power, and smart alternator compatibility.
Dynamic Services International Inc.
AB Analyzer Cloud is a vehicle battery analyzer/monitor with a mobile app, connecting via Bluetooth. Repair shops can view and manage results in Cloud storage. Five functions: testing battery health, low-voltage warning, journey/battery monitor live, starter test and alternator test. View live driver journey routes on Google Maps in the Cloud.
GU Auto Tech Inc.
The GUA 12.1-in. touchscreen multimedia station brings users the ultimate high-definition display and easy touchscreen access to various aspects of a vehicle. This product transforms a regular OEM multimedia station into the latest and greatest display with features that the company says can be enjoyed only with the GUA 12.1-in. touchscreen multimedia station.
DS18 presents its new Jeep Wrangler JK subwoofer enclosure. It is designed to fit over the rear wheelwells, carrying a 12-in. subwoofer so that users may enjoy their off-roading or daily driving like never before and save space in their trunks. Enclosures are injected-molded plastic that is meant to last forever. Available in left and right positions.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Dynavin N7-MST2010 Pro radio navigation system for ’10–’14 Ford Mustangs. Plug and play. Premium 9-in./16:9 LCD capacitive touchscreen display. CAN Bus solution integration (for functionality of steering wheel controls). Reverse/backup and/or front-camera ready and much more.
DS18 is proud to release its newest portable marine and powersports pod, the NXLT360.8. This high-end speaker pod projects sound all around in 360 degrees so that there is no need for clever positioning to hear crystal-clear sound. A completely weatherproof and tough design.
Gravity X approached the mounting of a device from an innovative angle. Instead of relying on mechanical arms that spread with gears and springs, Gravity X took a much simpler approach using the natural laws of physics and utilized the simple weight of the phone. Secondarily, Gravity X has an optional unique mounting utilizing small gaps or seams within a dashboard.
For as long as Hornblasters has been making horn kits, customers asked for a solution for Jeeps. After years of research and development, the company brings the loudest Jeep air horn kit users can buy: the Wrango JKU horn kit. For its first vehicle-specific kit, Hornblasters made sure to pack as much power as possible into its Wrango JKU kit.
GU Auto Tech Inc.
The GUA SnakeEye Thermal Far infrared night vision system provides enhanced visual assistance when driving under impaired vision environments such as fog, rain, dust, smoke and low-light to no-light conditions. The system detects heat and provides visibility from up to 400 meters distance versus 130 meters from typical headlight illumination.
Hornblasters introduces its newest and latest addition, the Goliath train horn mount. The perfect application for Hornblasters’ most popular train horns. Fits most American-made trucks. It’s 65 lbs. of 1/4-in., American-made, plasma-cut steel in a raw finish.
The BL6 is not for the faint of heart. It is said to be the ultimate listening experience for the truest of audiophiles. The 10-speaker package utilizes the best materials to deliver a precise reproduction of the music that makes users feel like they were in the recording studio when the artists were laying down the tracks.
The ultimate installation solution for legendary Shocker XL train horns. Take guesswork out of installation with the Shocker mount. Forged out of ultra-durable 14-gauge steel and powdercoated stealth black, the Shocker mount gives Shocker XL horns a clean, professional look without having to make a custom bracket. (Horns not included.)
Kicker Kisload 4 four-channel smart radio interface. Kicker says that its acoustic engineers put the largest voice coil and magnet the company has ever integrated into this thin sub. A next-level top-plate design and unique heat-management system help to give the listener deep bass and outstanding reliability in a weatherproof design that can be installed almost anywhere.
Kicker L7T thin subwoofer. Kicker says that its acoustic engineers put the largest voice coil and magnet the company has ever integrated into this thin sub. A next-level top-plate design and unique heat-management system help to give the listener deep bass and outstanding reliability in a weatherproof design that can be installed almost anywhere.
A modern streamlined appearance is void of the traditional look of screws on the front of the 20-in. Slimline edgeless light bar. This style doesn’t sacrifice durability, as it features Heise’s proprietary, torture-tested, heavy-duty construction with a virtually unbreakable polycarbonate lens and integrated epoxy-encapsulated electronics.
Integrate lighting control into any vehicle with this compact, universal control panel that can fit into tight locations and be installed in multiple positions. This gang switch panel system controls up to eight auxiliary LED lights or electrical devices and comes with 50 different switch stickers for customization, which have blue LED backlighting.
MouseBlocker is said to be the world’s first ultrasonic mouse deterrent dedicated to automobiles. MouseBlocker is designed to protect automobiles from clogged or blocked interior areas, which can ultimately result in severe damage to a vehicle. The Mouse Blocker runs exclusively off a vehicle’s 12V battery or anywhere with a 12V power supply.
Fight the frost with Heise’s 22-in. high-output heated light bar. The heating element activates below 41°F to assist with defrosting and de-icing of the light bar and will automatically shut off when the temperature reaches 41°F or higher. This light bar is IP67 rated and has 120 watts with 10,800 lumens of light.
The replacement speaker pods are designed to replace the original 4-in. speaker pods located under the driver and passenger sides of the dashboard to allow for 6- to 6.75-in. aftermarket speakers in ’19–up Jeep Wrangler JL and ’20–up Gladiator models. Each pair of pods has an ABS plastic housing that utilizes factory mounting locations for a secure fit.
This new light bar features a set of diffused LED end caps on both sides of the bar that produce a 240-degree field of light. Designed to provide even more coverage to illuminate the road ahead and all around the vehicle. A high output of illumination ensures that one light bar will provide more than enough coverage for dark nights.
Crash detection and GPS tracking for teen, senior or fleet drivers, Splitsecnd is safety simplified. Universally installs into a 12V outlet. The built-in cellular device connects the driver with assistance and alerts responders to the location if a crash is detected. A GPS app shows the location and allows the setting of destination arrival and boundary alerts.
The MouseBlocker Plug-In Pro model is the company’s recommendation for long-term storage situations (longer than two weeks) where users want the most power and protection available. This plug-in MouseBlocker Pro model can be easily installed virtually anywhere. Works great when protecting items that do not have a 12V battery but power is nearby.
Pittasoft Co. Ltd.
Two-channel full HD LTE cloud dash cam. Built-in 4G LTE (Nano-SIM). Full HD 1080p60 (front) and 1080p30 (rear). Enhanced night vision powered by Sony Starvis CMOS sensor. Sub-stream technology for quick viewing over Wi-Fi or the cloud. Up to 256GB microSD card supported. Graphite heat sink. BlackVue app and viewer. Smart parking mode.
The 12V MouseBlocker Pro is said to be the most advanced electronic rodent deterrent on the market today. With three powerful settings topping out at 115dB, it is said to be 50 times more powerful than anything else available on the market. Perfect for new dealers, repair facilities, RV and motorcycle dealers and more.
PowerBass XL-1250 is a new evolution of sound-bar technology for water-resistant Bluetooth amplified speaker systems. The XL-1250 consists of 12 speakers; 500W system with Bluetooth or 3.5mm aux input/output connectivity. Installation is easy with a single watertight power cord and multiple optional mounting brackets for a universal fitment.
This Android-based vertical screen navigation receiver for ’19 and ’20 Silverado and Sierra retains almost all OEM features, including SXM, Wi-Fi and OnStar, if equipped. Bluetooth 5.0. Supports split-screen display apps, MirrorLink, optional CarPlay and Android Auto.
Mata 2E is a four-sensor tire-pressure monitor with wireless solar-power display that monitors the pressure, temperature and sensor battery. This versatile system can monitor up to 10 tires, including two spare tires, and is suitable for car/4WD/motorhome/camper van/single- and dual-axle trailer/caravan, or 4WD towing a caravan. Three-minute DIY installation.
Mata C is a four-sensor TPMS with a cig-plug-style display that monitors pressure, temperature and car battery voltage. Its one-button-operation feature allows users to set independent front/rear axle pressure alarms with one button. This DIY TPMS can be installed in 2 minutes. The patented spanner can secure the sensor easily to prevent theft.
Mata T2 is a six-sensor TPMS for trucks that can monitor up to 22 tires with a booster and is suitable for bus/prime mover/rigid trucks. Its FreshData technology refreshes tire data for each drive to display real-time tire data on the stylish solar-power display. It has alarms for high/low pressure, leakage, high temperature and low-sensor battery.
A direct-replacement digital media receiver with 3-in., full-color, ultra-bright day/night mode display and oversized buttons for easy control. Plug-and-play installation with existing factory harnesses. Retains factory thumb controls. Bluetooth wireless streaming, Pandora Internet radio control, AM/FM/WB tuner, aux and USB input with USB charging.
A customizable 120-amp power management system. The touchscreen interface lets users control up to eight 12V accessories on vehicles, side x sides, boats or tractors.
A 750-watt five-channel amplifier that is designed to power a complete speaker and subwoofer stereo system. Installation is made simple by Rockford’s patented C.L.E.A.N. circuit with input and output clip indicators that help match the source unit to the amplifier and optimize musical output.
Rostra’s all-new 190-Degree Programmable Camera gives drivers an unparalleled view of their surroundings, which can be adjusted even after the camera has been installed with the separately available remote. Adjust the on-screen image up, down, left, right, rotate side to side, flip horizontally for rear- or forward-facing capability and more.
The Color Optix controller gives infinite control over LED color options on RGB-equipped marine speakers and subwoofers by pairing with the RF connect app. The controller is watertight and features plug-and-play connectors that make installation of the controller, extension cables and Y adapters seamless with Rockford’s Color Optix products.
The ’18–up Jeep Wrangler Integrated Touch Control Kit. Scosche says that its ITC kits provide the most complete radio replacement solutions and retain original vehicle settings.
A Qi-certified advanced wireless charging phone mount for vehicle or home, with an Auto-Grip feature that senses when a Qi-enabled phone is aligned over its charging coil.
A magnetic mount that securely holds a phone and freshens the air. Its open design allows free airflow from the vent and releases fragrance from a replaceable cartridge.
Shenzhen Carku Technology Co. Ltd.
Cup shape fits to a car’s cup holder perfectly, creating a harmonious, rhythmic driving atmosphere with breathing lamp. Built-in dual 12V/5A cigar lighters provide unlimited power for vehicle devices. Shows real-time battery voltage of the car. Dual USB outputs and quick charge for efficient life. Powerful. Will even start a 12V/5L gasoline car.
Sirius Light Technology Co. Ltd.
Aftermarket replacement full LED headlight for VNL heavy-duty trucks.
The HD two-way dash cam with robust Wi-Fi and precision G-sensor works with a smartphone and the Nexar app to capture video evidence inside and outside the vehicle in the event of an incident.
Shenzhen Carku Technology Co. Ltd.
Designed with an LCD screen. Dual USB outputs matched with newest technology 10W wireless charge. Slimmest, but powerful enough to start a 4.0L/12V gasoline car. Put it in a pocket and take it anywhere. LED flashlight with three modes (lighting, strobe, flashing).
A pair of true wireless stereo speaker systems with built-in Class-D digital amplifier to provide 350W output power. No wiring needed. Each speaker contains a rechargeable Li-Ion battery that can be recharged from a wall outlet or from a boat’s cigarette lighter port (DC). No external power source is needed while the speakers are running.
A Qi-certified wireless charging magnetic phone mount with patent-pending FreeFlow design and articulating swing-arm to allow unencumbered airflow from the vehicle’s vent.
Shenzhen Carku Technology Co. Ltd.
Exclude any batteries. Environmentally friendly. The safest jump starters for starting freely. Long recycling lifetime up to 100,000 times. Maintenance-free. Good performance in low-temperature environments. A powerful ultra-capacitor jump starter. Start all 12V/24V cars and even tough trucks.
Sony Car Audio
Sony’s XAV-AX8000 has an oversize 8.95-in. touchscreen display and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The sturdy and adjustable mount works in three directions and allows flexible installation in a variety of vehicles.
Steelmate Co. Ltd.
Additional parts to add on the M900 rearview mirror. Can be purchased as one set of seven parts together or separately, depending on customer need. A complete set includes front collision warning, blind-spot detection, a tire-pressure monitoring system, an air-quality monitor, a seatbelt reminder, a front and rear parking-assist system, and a parking alarm system.
Dominate safety using warning, illumination and design. The iLED series delivers unprecedented functionality in an extremely rugged platform that is unlike anything else in the industry. Adaptable for a variety of applications from POVs to tactical vehicles. Responds to and illuminates the scene with the brightest of lights.
With incredible patent-pending technology, this amplifier is able to deliver more than 800 WRMS at 12.6V in an incredibly compact chassis. The 800.4 Evox is said to be the smallest product in its category and has an amazing frequency response (3Hz–22kHz). Said to be the perfect solution for a car or motorcycle sound system.
Super Mini Booster.com
This anti-explosion fuel technology will change the safety of the world. From 10 liters up to 20,000 liters, put the new non-explosive spherical non-metallic suppression material manufactured by precision injection molding of polymer materials into fuel tanks. The material will only account for 5% of the total volume of an oil tank or a drum.
The Multifunction Revolution (mfR) series fuses award-winning warning and award-winning illumination into one easy-to-install light head. The mfR will help reduce chaos when responding to and working a dangerous scene. The mfR features single- or dual-color warnings and an independently operated, intense, 13-degree tilt-down scene light.
Steelmate Co. Ltd.
Steelmate’s multiple-function driving safety system. One-S is built in to one full-screen, 9.35-in. touchscreen rearview mirror. Upgrade passenger cars or trucks with new technology to improve safety on the road. Basic function includes driving recorder. Additional parts install extra eight-function display on the mirror, FCW, BSD, TPMS, air quality, PTS and SBR.
Super Mini Booster.com
Super mini booster G7 acid battery (DC12V) 20AH high capacity; 100% memory-free charges from 12V AC; 100% recyclable non-lithium battery. Display voltage, two LED lights, two USBs, output (12V DC) 1,800 amps, 12V output. Made in Taiwan.
Chaotic scenes put those around the scene at great risk. Tomar designed the Revolution Illumination series to clear the chaos and remove the risk. Tomar’s patented technology, combined with the latest LED technology available, creates one of the most rugged and reliable surface-mounted scene lights in the industry. Scene safe, by design.
The SA-441M MagForce Mechanical Siren takes warning sound performance to the next level by combining a classic mechanical one and a Carson stutter air horn with the power of an independent two-channel, 200-watt amplifier. The dual-tone feature creates alternating sweeps of sound, giving the perception of two sirens operating at the same time.
Smart Entry Exit Recognition is a patent-pending auto-integration device for automated door locking at driver’s departure and unlocking when driver is approaching as well as hands-free liftgate opening/closing. Safe illuminated entry and four inputs/outputs that are fully customizable to trigger other electronic vehicle accessories based on driver proximity.
XS Power Batteries
XS Power has cut the weight on performance batteries. The all-new Li-S1600 provides 1,620 cranking amps, 70.2-amp hours and 2,160 max amps in a package weighing just 11.6 lbs. Using an industry-standard group 34-size housing, the Li-S1600 is also a direct replacement for many sanctioning-body-battery hold-downs.
Toppking Electronics Ltd.
In-driving front detection system with GPS suits all types of cars with no need of CAN Bus data. When driving speed reaches a preset standard, the system is activated automatically to alert the driver to the front distance. It assists the driver to keep the proper range away from front objects.
SiriusXM add-on module for factory OEM radios with no dash clutter. This kit integrates SiriusXM into the factory head unit, allowing the user to control channels, categories and presets using factory radio and steering wheel controls. Software flash to specific vehicle applications, including Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda and more.
XS Power Batteries
A direct-fit battery replacement for many popular powersports and motorcycle models. Using ultra-capacitor technology, the XS Power SuperBank can be recharged from 0 to 16.2 volts and 3,000 max amps in as quickly as 24 seconds with the available XS Power PowerBank, all in a package weighing less than 5 lbs. at a cost of $199.
Ventra VDR-220 weatherproof two-camera dash cam is the optimal rugged system for enhanced security. Ideal for any type of vehicle or motorcycle. Each weatherproof camera can be mounted anywhere in the interior or exterior of the vehicle. VDR connects to an app via Wi-Fi for local viewing, or subscribe to the optional Ventra Cloud Remote Live View.
XS Power Batteries
A direct-fit battery replacement for many popular powersports and motorcycle models. Using ultra-capacitor technology, the XS Power SuperBank can be recharged from 0 to 16.2 volts and 10,000 max amps in as quickly as 24 seconds with the available XS Power PowerBank, all in a package weighing less than 9 lbs. at a cost of $517.49.
A SiriusXM add-on module for select motorcycles and powersports vehicles. The kit allows users to control SiriusXM channels, categories and presets using the factory OEM radio and controls. The product is encased in a weather-resistant enclosure and installs out of sight with a mounting bracket. Compatible with select Harley-Davidson and Polaris models.