Retailers can now buy backup camera interface activations on a pay-per-use basis, so that one interface can be applied to many vehicles, saving money on shipping and other costs.
NAV-TV will offer what may be the aftermarket’s first multi-use interfaces, initially for General Motors vehicles. The GM IO backup camera interfaces are tiered so they can activate a backup camera input and add an extra video input to a factory screen.
For backup cameras, you get one activation but you can order more. So the interface is sold in single, 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 activations.
Each GM IO interface can be used in up to 768 vehicles before it has to be replaced.
“Many of our dealers are working on multiple vehicles; they may work for government centers with 50 to 100 cars to do at once,” said NAV-TV’s Derek Schmiedl.
The GM IO works with Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles with either a 4.2-inch or 8.4-inch color screens.
The interface requires no dealer coding and activation is under 5 minutes. The street price of the GM IO and one activation is $299 (backup camera not included).
NAV-TV says, “..the GM IO interfaces, including a single software use, are priced at a dealer sheet cost of 33 percent less than any competing product on the market and are 100 percent Made in the USA. To further increase dealer profits, pay-per-use activation files start at a MAP price of $249.”