The Pacific Accessory Corporation (PAC) won a CES Innovation award for taking a different approach to controlling your music from the steering wheel. Typically, it’s the radio that is the controlled by the steering wheel, but PAC has chosen to control your portable device directly through a Bluetooth connection (no matter how it connects to the radio).
Music on your Bluetooth-enabled portable responds to next track, previous track, play and pause directly from the steering wheel in almost any car so you don’t have to fumble with the device as you drive.
And you still retain the ability to control the radio from the steering wheel.
Called the SWI-BT, the kit will have a suggested retail price of $99.95 at a shipping date to be announced.
Also new is a line of radio replacement kits that also include the steering wheel interface for a particular car.
The kits are pre-loaded with software to allow retention of amplifier signals, steering wheel controls and all navigation based signals.
Called the RadioPRO4, the line communicates directly with the car’s databus, and it permits firmware updates. The modules will be available for Audi, Chrysler, Ford, GM and Volkswagen vehicles at a suggested retail price of $199.95 at a date to be announced.
Source: Pacific Accessory Corporation