Audiovox said Tuesday it will ship its first Android rear seat entertainment systems to Bentley in December.
It also said that Audiovox is considering offering OEM products under the Klipsch brand. “We…. may look to develop a Klipsch audio program for OEM,” said CEO and president of Audiovox Corp. Pat Lavelle on a conference call with analysts.
Audiovox has increased its OEM programs with Ford, it said, and was awarded 2013 rear seat entertainment contracts for the Nissan Pathfinder and Infinity QX4, it said.
No further details were offered on the Bentley rear seat system, but Audiovox showed a retail Android system in January at the Consumer Electronics Show that is also expected to ship around December. It will resemble a WiFi Android tablet embedded in a headrest and should cost consumers about 10 percent more than a typical DVD headrest system. The tablet is also expected to work with the users’ cellphone for an Internet connection.
Also on Tuesday, Audiovox said it continues to expect $730 million in sales for the fiscal year.
On the retail side, sales to consumers in general are expected to remain sluggish until we approach the holidays, when sales should pick up, said Lavelle. Audiovox’s mobile electronics sales were up slightly in the first quarter.