Installation

  • Biggest Opportunities in Rear Vision for 2015

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    Even though the federal mandate for standard rear vision in all vehicles by mid-2018 inches closer, there are a large number of new vehicles still rolling off assembly lines without a rear view camera. Back up cameras are still in demand from the aftermarket, and will be for the foreseeable future.

    As a service to our great installers, the team here at Brandmotion has put together a complete list of the top Rear Vision opportunities by vehicle make, model and trim level. This guide will help indicate where the market is for aftermarket backup cameras. Below are just a handful of the makes and models with gaps in standard rear vision.

    Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep Vehicles
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    Chrysler group vehicles present one of the largest markets for rear vision. Leading the group in rear vision opportunity gaps is the Jeep Wrangler. There are currently no rear vision cameras offered from the factory for the Wrangler, and with 175,000 of them sold in the US in 2014, that’s a BIG market. Rounding out the list are the Dodge Charger and Journey, as well as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, all with $1,000+ rear view camera packages.

    RAM
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    Installers dealing with RAM trucks will be happy to see a large money making opportunity for the popular line of pickups. Cameras are offered as options on all but the higher trim levels (Sport and Laramie). These systems can range in price from a few hundred dollars (if there is already a display screen) to over $1,000 for packages including the display and camera. Installers should expect to see rear vision business from the lower trim level Ram trucks hitting the road throughout 2015.

    GM / Chevy / Cadillac Vehicles
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    You’ll find a host of General Motors vehicles still coming without cameras. Among the most notable are the Chevy Silverado, Malibu, Impala and Cruze. Impala buyers could be paying upwards of $1,100 for a factory camera and those looking to purchase a Malibu will find camera options with a range in prices from $1,125 to $1,850. For truck buyers considering a new Silverado, they’ll be looking at upgrading to LS trim to just have the option to purchase a camera for $325, other camera packages start at $1,000 to $1,600 for the Work Truck and LT/LTZ trim levels respectively.

    Customers buying a high end vehicle like the Cadillac ATS will also be disappointed to see that rear vision isn’t standard on all trim levels. They can expect an extra $1,435 for the CUE and Surround Sound package.

    These vehicles represent a large portion of GM vehicle sales, perfect for the installer or expeditor targeting these dealerships to increase rear vision sales.

    Ford / Lincoln
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    While Ford has started to include cameras with most of its fleet, the new F150 still leaves room for installers to capitalize on rear vision sales within the XL trim level. Back up cameras for the F150 command a $1,800 to $2,000 price tag!

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    There are a surprising number of opportunities for Audi vehicles! New car buyers could be paying upwards of $4000 to get camera on a SQ5 and many thousands of dollars for other vehicles from the manufacturer. With many of the vehicles coming without a rear view camera option, installers will have a field day offering cameras to protect high end vehicles from backover accidents!

    BMW
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    BMW vehicles have a surprising amount of open gaps for rear view cameras in all vehicle models except the 6 and 7 Series. Buyers could be looking at a $950 to $1,800 price tag, with some models approaching $4,000 to add a camera and other features!

    Brandmotion is proud to supply the professional installer with solutions for all these vehicles listed above and more!

    Looking to offer Brandmotion rear vision products to your customers? Contact us today for more information and to become a dealer!
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  • Brandmotion Releases 3 Types of Factory Display Radio Interface Cameras

    ford 4 inch with image Pictured is a MyFord 4" Display Radio. Traditionally, a difficult radio to integrate with, Brandmotion now has a solution for.

    Here at Brandmotion, we have noticed a trend that more and more cars are coming with display radio systems instead of the traditional one-color radios. However, most cars do not come with a back up camera that connects into this screen, unless purchased with an expensive trim package. In 2015, we are launching a full line of vehicle specific Factory Display Radio Interface back up cameras. Pay for the safety you want and skip the features you can live without.

    We’ve even tapped into factory radio displays that previously had no solution in the market. The 4” MyFord display now has a Brandmotion solution for virtually any Ford vehicle, including the F150. Also available are kits for GM/Chevy MyLink radios, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep UConnect radios, as well as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes factory display radios.

    These cameras are designed to look factory and save you time and money on installation. Thanks to their in-line programming module, these kits require no need for dealer reflashing. Each kit comes with everything you need to complete the job. Brandmotion offers bundling options with a next-gen Panasonic OEM camera, or a Universal Snap-in CMOS Camera with parklines, or just the harness and programming module sold separately.

    You’ll find the 3 types of interface kits offered through Brandmotion listed below:

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    1) Camera Interface Harness Kit:
    For those that are looking to supply their own camera, we offer the vehicle harnessing and radio interface module by themselves. This is great for custom jobs and work with any camera with an RCA connector. The cameraless kits will feature a 9002-27xx part number.

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    2) OEM Camera Interface Kit:
    When it needs to look factory, choose our OEM camera option. Included in this kit is all the components you’ll need to tie in to the factory screen, plus, our new Gen 7 Panasonic OEM Camera (part # 9002-8701). This camera sports a crisper and brighter image over the previous generations. When your customer demands the same quality they get from the factory, this is the camera for them. These bundled kits will feature a 9002-87xx part number.

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    3) Parkline Camera Interface Kit:
    If your customer is looking for parklines, our Universal Snap-in Camera (part # FLTW-7603) is the perfect option for them. Included in this kit is all the components you’ll need to tie in to the factory screen. The small lip-mount camera protrudes slightly near the vehicle’s trunk release and provides the driver with a parklined view of what’s behind them. These bundled kits will feature a 9002-77xx part number.

    Please look at the latest app guide at: Rear Vision Application Guide. For current part numbers and compatibility questions email info@brandmotion.com or call us at (734) 619-1250.

     

  • Will you be going wireless?

    Chances are, you own a smartphone. They’re a common sight nowadays and can be found in most people’s possession at any given time. In 2007 Apple released the first generation of its ever popular iPhone, and since then, it has spurred a competition among the world’s cell phone manufacturers to produce the thinnest, feature-packed smartphones. However, for every feature that’s built-in, battery life suffers. Keeping that battery going is often a struggle between finding a power outlet, having the right kind of charger, or if you’re really having bad luck, both.

    Cable chargers are messy and bulky. It seems as though they have been over-looked when it comes to design and functinonality. They create a tangled mess, are an eyesore in both your home and car, and don’t fit well in your pocket.  So, why not rid yourself of the wire all together?

    FDMC C-200 FreedomCharge by Brandmotion is the first aftermarket wireless phone charger for vehicles. A seamless design gives users a convenient and cable-free way to charge their phones. Pictured is the FDMC-1210 Universal Kit.

    The idea of wireless charging has been around for a long time, originally demonstrated by Nikola Tesla, an inventor, in the 1800’s. Until just a few years ago, the technology was relatively unknown. Now, phone companies and car manufacturers are seeing the convenience and wide array of applications in wireless charging pads.

    No longer do you have to fumble around with your cable to plug the phone in. Simply place the phone on the pad and it will begin to charge. Imagine sitting at a restaurant with your phone on the table, charging. The technology is not just being touted as a novelty for electronic devices.  Battery drain from apps is a constant problem for phone users. Streaming music and using GPS are two heavily taxing tasks that a battery must cope with, not to mention internet and camera usage. By simply placing a phone on the mat, you can keep a steady stream of power flowing into the phone without any interference.

    The wireless charging standard, Qi, has a unique advantage over conductive chargers (the ones requiring metal contacts). Qi uses magnetic induction to pass through a multitude of surfaces in order to carry a charge from the transmitter to the receiver (your phone). This allows designers to keep a uniform surface and seamless design for vehicles and furniture.

    Ditching the cord is becoming more of a reality. You can expect to see a number of new products in your car and home being released as the technology is adopted. You’ll save yourself the hassle of trying to find an outlet and charger in the process!

  • Installation of Infinity Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink

    Check out our latest video! Installation of Infinity Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink (Part Number 9002-9703). Thanks, to Chris Harper from Autotronics!

    Does your organization install Brandmotion product? Have a smartphone? If so, please contact us about spotlighting your company with an installation video.

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