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Audiovox Adds Voice Control to MediaBridge OE Vehicle Integration Products

Grapevine, TX (08.18.12) – Audiovox Electronics Corporation (AEC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of VOXX International, announces new firmware for all Audi/VW/BMW Audiovox Driven by DICE MediaBridge OE Integration products that enable Voice Control capability that helps improve driver safety and adds many hands-free convenience features. This voice control capability is the first to market in the OE Integration category and is part of the strategic partnership with DICE Electronics, a respected industry leader in OEM vehicle integration. DICE has been developing their voice control software platform in the iOS environment for months and have focused on enabling the iPhone 4S Siri capability to realize a connected entertainment and information system in the vehicle.

“We continually add new technologies that improve driver safety and convenience features that provide our dealers the ability to satisfy their customers’ needs for advanced Smartphone solutions. No question that the connected car is the driving force for innovation in the aftermarket business and these voice controlled products deliver on bringing exciting, saleable products to market,” said Tom Malone, President, Audiovox Electronic Corporation. “The partnership with DICE Electronics gives us an innovation engine to leverage new technology quickly into our products. They share our passion and commitment to the aftermarket so being the first to deliver voice control and a connected car experience in OE Integration benefits our retailers and consumers”.

The MediaBridge kits deliver plug and play integration for selected factory radios that take advantage of Apple’s ever evolving iOS capabilities. Enabling Siri Voice Control in the car allows drivers to have total voice control over their music playback including asking for a song, artist, playlist or even the genre. Hands free texting is now possible with MediaBridge. A driver can dictate and send text messages. A new incoming text message can be read back by Siri as well.

Hands-free voice controlled dialing of any phone number in Contacts helps keep drivers’ attention on the road not the phone. Drivers can also make a reminder to do a task, make a calendar entry for meetings or conference calls and even have Siri take a note all hands free.

The new MediaBridge firmware adds VOICE CONTROL and makes the SCAN button on compatible factory radios initiate a Siri session. In BMW and VW/Audi vehicles with compatible factory radios, the steering wheel voice or talk button is active.

Coming with the upcoming next iOS release for iPhone, drivers will have more voice activated capabilities that will further enhance the safety and convenience with hands free control of features like launching music apps, navigation, finding and routing to POI’s and more.

MediaBridge™ Multimedia Integration:
MediaBridge™ is an advanced entertainment and information connectivity solution that connects Smartphones to factory audio systems to enable USB digital audio from iPhone™, Livio internet radio,

iPod™, USB flash drives and aftermarket SIRIUS™ Satellite Radio tuner and adds Bluetooth support for hands-free calling, wireless audio streaming, Internet Radio is now accessible on the go with many of your favorite internet radio apps! MediaBridge displays information shown on the “now playing” screen of compatible iPhone applications. Text from enabled applications shows when streaming Bluetooth audio from a variety of Smartphones. Data connections including “3G” or “4G” through wireless carriers, or a third party wireless Internet access point connected to your mobile device thru WiFi can be used to stream internet radio.

The MediaBridge digital audio circuitry is designed to meet or exceed the sound quality of any premium audio system and creates a seamless interconnection between the devices and the entertainment system of the vehicle. Text display is available on the radio systems where CD or SAT text is supported. The interface also delivers integrated control from the radio, and steering wheel buttons for OEM look and feel. iPod and iPhone devices are charged when connected and ready to go when you are.

The MediaBridge 1500 product is compatible with select models of Acura, Audi, BMW, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Mini, Nissan, Scion, Toyota and VW vehicles. MSRP: $299.99

The Audiovox, Driven by Dice brand is marketed by Audiovox Electronics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corp. (NASDAQ: VOXX).

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