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Industry News Aftermarket companies recognized for mobile electronics innovations The Consumer Electronics Association announced that the 2013 International CES was the largest in the show's 45-year history with more than 3,250 exhibitors unveiling some 20,000 new products in 15 different product categories. An ever robust automotive presence was apparent at the show and a handful of aftermarket companies snagged CES Innovations Awards. CES, the Consumer Electronics Show was held in January at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Innovations Design and Engineering Awards gives consumer technology manufacturers and developers an opportunity to have their newest products judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade press in 30 different categories. Here are some companies recognized in automotive aftermarket-related categories: Alpine Electronics' Alpine TuneIt App was honored in the In-Vehicle Audio Video category. The free "sound and social" app allows user to tune their sounds system using their smartphone and stay safely connected to Facebook while they drive. Alpine Electronics also was recognized in the above category for its In-Dash App Receiver, an ICS system that integrates users' iPhone or Android smartphones seamlessly into vehicles, providing a safe way to stay connected to the car. In addition, Sony was a 2013 Innovations Honoree in the In-Vehicle Audio Video category for its XAV-701HD Smartphone Connected AV Receiver. With this MirrorLink-enabled A-V receiver, smartphone apps are present on a 7" touch-screen display, allowing navigation connectivity, hands-free talking, and access to personal music and video libraries. The receiver also allows connectivity to Pandora, SiriusXM, HD Radio and duel USB ports. In the In-Vehicle Navigation Control Telematics category, Pioneer was recognized for its AppRadio 2. The aftermarket smartphone-powered in-dash receiver brings today's connected lifestyle directly into the vehicle with support for the iPhone and Android smartphone platforms, giving consumers the ability to plug in their phones and use Pioneerapproved apps. Nuance Communications also was awarded a 2013 Innovations Award in the In-Vehicle Navigation Control Telematics category for it Dragon Drive, an automotive-grade natural language voice platform for the connected car, enabling auto OEMs and suppliers to deliver eyes and hands-free message dictation and direct access to content, music and navigation systems. PEOPLE Irvine, Calif.-based Roland DGA Corp. announced major changes to its executive management team, including the naming of a new president, the promotion of the company's current president and an expanded international role with parent company Roland DG of Hamamatsu, Japan. Rick Scrimger, formerly vice president of sales and marketing of Roland DGA, will replace Dave Goward, current Roland DGA president, who has been appointed as president of worldwide sales and as an executive officer for Roland DG. The executive management changes within the U.S.-based Roland DGA reflect larger organizational changes as Roland DG embarks on a new Global RE-March-2013.indd 11 One initiative designed to strengthen the corporation's leadership positions in the markets it serves around the world, according to a company press release. "These are exciting times at Roland and I am honored to serve as president of worldwide sales," Goward said. "As the entire Roland DG organization embarks on its Global One initiative, we are enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead." Goward will take on his new role Jan. 1, 2013, but continued working as CEO of Roland DGA through the remainder of 2012. As the new president of Roland DGA, Scrimger will be responsible for the management of the company and provide the product development team with critical market insight. March 2013 | Restyling 11 2/11/13 2:59 PM

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