O Car Gets New Features

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Oxygen Audio’s O CAR, arguably the first iPhone-specific car radio, is getting an upgrade.

CES logoThe radio that lets you snap in an iPhone to receive music, apps and navigation will now also provide HD Radio, Bluetooth with audio streaming and steering wheel controls.

Distributor Aamp of America announced just prior to the Consumer Electronics Show that the new O CAR also now gets a “No iPhone” mode, so when your iPhone is not docked in the radio, you can can still listen to the radio.  The O CAR also has audio inputs plus Bluetooth so it may be used with the iPad, as well as Android and BlackBerry devices.

As with the original O CAR, users can snap their iPhone into the face of the radio and swivel it between landscape and portrait modes.  The iPhone then becomes the faceplate of the car stereo.  A self-launching app allows you to tune-in radio stations or control your stereo volume via the iPhone screen, and you can easily access all tracks, playlists, and apps with a touch of the screen.  All features ordinarily accessible through the iPhone (including navigation and Siri) are  available for hands-free use.

The new O CAR S is expected to be available in June at $299.95 suggested retail price.

Source: Aamp of America


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