New Backup Camera Startup Gains Ground

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AIS GM backup cameras

Automotive Integration Solutions, (AIS) is a 2 1/2 year old OEM integration supplier that makes backup camera, navigation and Bluetooth kits, and has been gaining prominence in the Southeast.

The brand now sells to about 250 car audio dealers, expeditors and car dealerships with an assortment that includes camera solutions specific to about 150 car models.

The line is owned by distributor Vickers AV (Marietta, GA). It’s primary supplier is GCH Automotive headquartered in CA.

It’s reputation is one of product quality–it carries a 3-year warranty and it claims a product failure rate of less than 1 percent.

It also provides an attractive shipping program for its “key dealers. They get next day shipping at a flat rate of $20 they don’t have to stock cameras for every car model but can order them as needed.

“If you know this particular part cost you $300 and you know you can have it there tomorrow for only $20, it makes it very easy for the retailer to quote the job,” said AIS National Sales Manager Cris Sharp.

He claims the company can also react quickly to market needs.

“We’ve got a harness that allows you a plug and play upgrade to a GM factory camera, if that camera goes bad.  It works with Chevy MyLink cars and trucks without cutting or splicing. That was an idea from one of our key dealers,” he said, adding the product was made available within 30 days of conception.

One of the more advanced products under the AIS line is “Blind Watch.”  It includes an OEM-look mirror with a full 7.3 inch widescreen display. It also provides dual 4.4-inch picture-in-picture capability so you can feed three different images into the mirror with two images showing at any one time.  It can be used for side cameras to get a full view of the lanes on either side of the car, eliminating blind spots.  The views may be triggered to turn on when the vehicle goes into reverse or manually by the user, and may be linked to the turn signals.

Blind Watch is universal but AIS offers adapter brackets for vehicles by Honda, VW, Audi, Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep.  Specific mirrors are available for Ford, while GM and Toyota applications don’t require brackets.

The Blind Watch mirror has a retail price of $340, or $399 when packaged with a camera.





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