January '18

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64 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com O R I G I N A L E Q U I P M E N T "It's all about supporting the manufacturers with comple- mentary design teams to help them design new products such as end caps and cockpit dashes," Fidler says. "We will work with them to incorporate our products." A new product that Furrion is introducing to OEMs and the aftermarket shows the possibilities of integrated design. The Vision S camera system is designed to be both a back- up-camera system and a security system. The cameras – with built-in microphones – can be installed into Furrion marker lights on the rear of the vehicle. Or the manufacturer can install the marker lights without the system and allow the dealership to sell the Vision S as an upgrade. It can be installed on any current RV. Either way, the system can be designed into the end cap. Vision S connects to monitors via 2.4 gigahertz digital wire- less signal. In addition to rear cameras, a separate camera can be mounted above an entry door for security. The monitor can be installed on the windshield of the RV or tow vehicle, but also can be removed from the mount and taken into the bedroom, for example, if the system is being used for security at night. It has motion sensors that will wake up the inside monitor to alert anyone inside if something is going on outside. It also includes audio, so if the driver is getting assistance backing up, the helper can talk into the microphones and can be heard inside the cockpit or tow vehicle. Keeping Up with Tech Fidler says Furrion isn't changing its core business. He says design and engineering have been a core part of the company since its inception. This is just the next phase. He says the company employs more than 80 designers, engi- neers and technologists, whose jobs are not only to build on the latest technology but also to help integrate it into the markets Furrion serves. The company has doubled its business each of the past seven years, according to Fidler, and is looking for ways to stay on top as devel- opments such as auto-driving applications begin to enter the market. "We're starting to look into and develop our resources into driverless technology and how to integrate that with our elec- tronics," he says. But regardless of what comes next, Furrion's expectations are to grow with the RV industry and help keep RVing relevant to a younger generation that has grown up with smart technology. "We don't do anything slowly," Fidler says. "We're hard and fast and we want to keep on growing. We're hungry and we're having a lot of fun." Following the May 2017 opening of the Innovation Center & Institute of Technology, Furrion's American headquarters has become a hub of research and development in integrating upgraded electronics into the basic design of RVs. The Center is located next to the RV/MH Hall of Fame off the Indiana Toll Road in Elkhart.

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