Press Releases

  • Brandmotion Releases New Additions to the SummitView Off-Road Product Line.

    Southfield, Michigan: Brandmotion, a leading innovator of automotive safety technology is continuing its strong ties with the off-road community by providing two new additions to the SummitView™ Off-Road product line. The SummitView™ Jeep Wrangler JK Front and Rear Camera System and the SummitView™ Jeep Wrangler JK Quad-Camera with DVR System  are two off-roading solutions that remove visual barriers making everyday driving and trail-riding safer.  

    “At Brandmotion we focus in providing our customers with the best safety, mobility, and convenience features for their vehicles”, said Jeff Varick, President and Founder of Brandmotion. “Our camera systems provide enhanced visibility for a variety of situations - everything from hill and rock climbing to parking in tight spaces.”

    Brandmotion's Jeep Wrangler JK Quad-Camera with DVR System

    Often times, off-roaders will use a spotter to help guide them through difficult obstacles. With Brandmotion’s SummitView™ Jeep Wrangler JK Quad-Camera with DVR System the driver can now see four different views from inside the vehicle.  The system acts as an internal spotter helping you pick the right line when trail riding. Our Rock Cameras provide drivers with a 185° viewing angle in front of each wheel.  It also includes a front winch camera that can be mounted above, below, or behind the winch fairlead or directly onto the bumper. Our patented adjustable CMOS rear-view camera is specially designed for aftermarket tires and has a 170° viewing angle that helps eliminate blind spots. Each kit comes with a 7” DVR display which shows all four views simultaneously making it the ultimate technical trail driving aid.

     

     

    Brandmotion's Jeep Wrangler JK Front and Rear Camera System

    The SummitView™ Jeep Wrangler JK Front and Rear Camera System provides a 185° view in front of the vehicle as well as 170° view in rear. The adjustable CMOS rear-view camera comes with optional parking lines which are automatically displayed on your factory display radio when the vehicle is in reverse. With this seamlessly integrated two-camera system there is no need to add buttons or switches to toggle between camera views.  All front cameras and Rock Camera systems are equipped with waterproof connectors, rugged nylon housing, and they can easily be painted to match the vehicle’s color.

    “We thoroughly enjoy being a part of the extended Jeep Wrangler community,” said Varick. “Our desire is to enable safe and memorable experiences which drives us to continue to design and integrate safety technology into existing vehicles. With our Front and Rear Camera System or our Quad-Camera System, there are no limits to the adventures that await.”

     

    To learn more about our SummitView™ Jeep Wrangler JK Quad-Camera with DVR System, check out this YouTube video from AdventureDex: https://youtu.be/K3006QTrIvk

     

    To see a full product review visit: https://youtu.be/CcPik3GkLbI

     

    To check out our other SummitView™ Offroad cameras visit: https://www.brandmotion.com/summitview-1.html

    About Brandmotion: Brandmotion is in it’s 13th year of working continuously to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads due to traffic accidents. Specializing in the design, integration, and distribution of emerging automotive safety, mobility, and convenience technology.  Brandmotion is a recognized leader among aftermarket installers of mobile electronics and was awarded "2016 SEMA PRO Manufacturer of the Year" honors at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

    Learn more at www.brandmotion.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @brandmotion and @summitview_offroad, Twitter @brandmotion, and LinkedIn. 

  • Working to Reduce Blind Spot Related Accidents: Brandmotion Releases New Radar Blind Spot System with Cross Traffic Detection

     

    Southfield, Michigan: The importance of carefully checking your vehicle’s blind spots has been ingrained in our minds since our first time behind the wheel. Yet even with the proper training, these visual impairments still pose a serious threat to drivers and other motorists.

    Blind-spot related auto accidents occur all too often in the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013 it was estimated that there were roughly 840,000 blind-spot related accidents.* However, a recent report shows that radar blind-spot and collision avoidance systems are helping to reduce that number. In 2015, Jessica Cicchino, Vice President of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) analyzed 5,000 accidents that radar blind spot warning is designed to prevent. She found that the rate of single vehicle, side swipe collisions was 11% lower in vehicles with these warning systems.**

     

    Although it is apparent that radar blind spot systems help reduce traffic accidents, the adoption of this technology has been slow. According to Cicchino, just 9% of 2017 vehicles offered Radar Blind Spot as standard equipment.** Brandmotion’s continued mission to reduce automobile accidents by offering consumers retrofit safety technology onto their existing vehicles has propelled them to release their newly-upgraded Radar Blind Spot System - with universal application for vehicles 2007 and newer!

    Brandmotion's New Radar Blind Spot System with Cross Traffic Detection

    Brandmotion’s new Radar Blind Spot System not only monitors your blind-spots for safe lane changes, but can also detect approaching objects from the side while your vehicle is in reverse with it's class-exclusive cross traffic-detection. The system eliminates 85% of false warning triggers by comparing your vehicle’s speed to the speed of a detected object to accurately assess whether the object in your blind-spot poses a risk.

    When a real risk is identified, the system triggers an audible and visual warning alert, preventing dangerous lane changes. The system’s visual indicators are integrated cleanly at the bottom of the windshield pillar with no exposed wires. The radar’s detection range has been increased to 40 feet  (about the same length as a semi-trailer). The new system’s units are also 50% smaller than the original’s units, allowing it to easily package on more vehicles.

    Brandmotion’s blind-spot technology is helping to make vehicles safer and prevent blind-spot related accidents. Brandmotion’s RDBS-1500 can improve the safety of you, your passengers, and those you encounter on the road. When it comes to safety, convenience, and innovation, you can always count on Brandmotion as your trusted source of integrated safety technology.  

    About Brandmotion: Brandmotion is in it’s 13th year of working tirelessly to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads due to traffic accidents. Specializing in the design, integration, and distribution of emerging automotive safety, mobility, and convenience technology, Brandmotion is a recognized leader among aftermarket installers of  mobile electronics and was awarded "2016 SEMA PRO Manufacturer of the Year" honors at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

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    * Blind Spots Are to Blame for Many Accidents, So Know the Dangers: https://www.gerbercollision.com/articles/blind-spots-are-to-blame-for-many-accidents-so-know-the-dangers

    ** New report shows how many accidents, injuries collision avoidance systems prevent, by Phil LeBeau: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/22/new-report-shows-how-many-accidents-injuries-collision-avoidance-systems-prevent.html

  • Eliminate Damage to Your Vehicle When Parking: Brandmotion Releases Switchable Front or Rear 4 Sensor Parking System

    Southfield, Michigan: Maybe you have experienced a situation where you pull up to a curb and hear that ominous “SCRAAAAPE”, as your lower fascia hits the curb in front of you. Or a situation where you back into that tight parallel parking space and hear the fateful “THUD” of your back bumper striking the vehicle behind you. These types of “fender benders” happen to countless drivers in simple parking situations. Whether your vehicle has restricted visibility, a low front-end, or you find yourself having to park in tight spaces, Brandmotion has an innovative solution to help you avoid expensive damage to your vehicle’s front or back end.

    Brandmotion’s Switchable Front or Rear Parking System includes 4 parking sensors that can be programmed to work on the front or rear of your vehicle. The kit includes an LED display with a visual range indicator that shows the distance to an object. The display’s built in speaker will sound an audible alert that will increase in volume as your vehicle gets closer to an object (curb, wall, or another vehicle). With multiple mounting options, the display can be placed upside down and in the back of your vehicle so that you can view it in your rear-view mirror while backing up.

    The kit also includes 2 sets of sensor adapters used for changing the sensor angle at 4° and 8°, allowing for placements on varying vehicle bumper shapes. The kit can also be used with a spare tire on the rear of your vehicle, and can be calibrated to account for the width of the spare tire.

    Brandmotion’s new Switchable Parking Sensor is an invaluable and easily installed solution that eliminates the risk of damaging your vehicle when trying to park. When it comes to keeping you and your vehicle safe, you can always count on Brandmotion as your trusted source of integrated safety technology.

    About Brandmotion: Brandmotion is in it’s 13th year of working tirelessly to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads due to traffic accidents. Specializing in the design, integration, and distribution of emerging automotive safety, mobility, and convenience technology, Brandmotion is a recognized leader among aftermarket installers of mobile electronics and was awarded "2016 SEMA PRO Manufacturer of the Year" honors at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

  • A Solution for Backing Your Trailer: Brandmotion Releases New Trailer Camera System

     

    Southfield, Michigan: Backing up a trailer can be a complicated and lengthy process. Maybe you have been in a similar situation; one filled with confusion and a good amount of frustration between you and your spotter. However, the difficulty in backing up your trailer arises from one main issue: The inability for you to see behind the trailer you are towing.

    Imagine if you had complete vision behind your trailer. That exhausting process between you and your spotter could be completely eliminated, and you could have your trailer where you want it in a matter of seconds. Brandmotion’s Trailer Camera System is an innovative towing solution that dramatically improves your ability to back a trailer into the desired spot.

    Brandmotion's Trailer Camera offers the first auto - connect integration to factory display radios.

    Speaking on the company’s recent product release, Brandmotion Founder and President Jeff Varick said, “We’re very excited to introduce the first auto-connect trailer towing camera system for GM, Ford, and Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/Ram factory display radios.  Trailer cameras aren’t new, but we’ve taken the time and hassle out of connecting a trailer camera to a tow vehicle, by offering the first auto-connect integration to factory display radios. Simply connect your trailer with an installed Brandmotion trailer camera to your truck or SUV tow vehicle, and the system instantly switches from displaying the factory tailgate camera to the Brandmotion trailer camera.

    Brandmotion's Trailer Camera

    The new camera system is an excellent solution for power-sport, marine, RV, farming, and equestrian trailers. Each system comes with a waterproof, rust proof, vehicle mounted quick connect cable, and a waterproof, shockproof stand alone camera.  Brandmotion also offers a unique dual camera System with a monitor display; One for backing up, and one for watching the contents of your trailer. This is an ideal application for checking on valuable cargo without leaving the vehicle while still seeing behind your trailer (auto-detect is available on factory display integrations only). When it comes to safety, convenience, and innovation, you can always count on Brandmotion as your aftermarket, vehicle safety electronics provider.

    About Brandmotion: Brandmotion is in it’s 13th year of working tirelessly to reduce the number of lives lost on our roads due to traffic accidents. Specializing in the design, integration, and distribution of emerging automotive safety, mobility, and convenience technology, Brandmotion is a recognized leader among aftermarket installers of 12V mobile electronics and was awarded "2016 SEMA PRO Manufacturer of the Year" honors at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

  • Brandmotion Joins the Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Industry

    JV at MTC Brandmotion president, Jeff Varick, speaking to the affiliate members of the Mobility Transformation Center.

    In mid-March, a group of 27 automotive companies met in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the University of Michigan’s campus. They were there to discuss the next steps in implementing vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-device communication platforms and to tour the Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) being built on the outskirts of the city. Among the companies in attendance was the aftermarket industry’s representative, Brandmotion.

    MTC Overview A small portion of the MTC currently under construction, when completed, the testing grounds will feature a number of structures and traffic scenarios.

    In order for this technology to be successfully tested and implemented, both OEM car manufacturers and aftermarket companies will need a working model of a city to test their parts. That’s where the MTC comes in. The center spans 32 acres which features mock highways, suburbs, roundabouts and many other roadways that allow companies to test cars in all manner of driving conditions.

    MTC Structure Structures like this one are being built to represent real world building to study how V2V communications can be obstructed in an urban setting.

    So how does Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) work without it becoming just another gadget drivers have to monitor? A transmitter pumps out a signal 10 times per second that is automatically received by other vehicles, traffic lights, and even smartphones. These signals communicate data to one another, conveying approaching hazards, traffic speeds, oncoming traffic and can alert drivers and pedestrians alike of an impending collision before it happens.

    MTC Tunnel A tunnel being constructed on the edge of the MTC designed to test V2V signal in covered environments.

    The best part is, this technology isn’t something that companies are only dreaming of; it is being tested and implemented in small batches, in real world settings outside of the MTC. The city of Ann Arbor has been an undercover test bed of the technology for a few years now. Streetlights and intersections around the city have already been communicating with testing platforms on vehicles, and the MTC is the next logical step for this technology.

    As an aftermarket manufacturer on the cutting edge of vehicle safety products, Brandmotion will lend its expertise to the OEMs on how best to integrate the technology not only into new vehicles but existing vehicles that are on the road today.

    “If we are going to be living in a world where vehicles talk to other vehicles, the aftermarket will play a critical role,” said Brandmotion president, Jeff Varick. “Otherwise, it will take much longer to achieve any kind of critical mass, and that’s what V2V requires.”

    The Grand Opening of the MTC is scheduled for July 20, 2015.

  • Brandmotion Ships Vehicle-Specific Wireless Charging Phone Kits

    Initial mix of four models includes universal “trim to fit” version

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    SOUTHFIELD, MI, July 8, 2014 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – In 2015, The Toyota Camry will join the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2014 Toyota Avalon and a handful of other vehicles as the only ones to be equipped with wireless phone charging from the factory. Well before that, Brandmotion will make custom-fit wireless charging a reality for just about every other vehicle on the road today. The Southfield, Mich.-based provider of innovative, vehicle-specific safety, convenience and customization solutions announced it has begun to ship the first four kits in its FreedomCharge line.

    FreedomCharge features a sturdy charging surface that is shaped to fit the available console tray on a specific vehicle. Designed for professional installation, it connects directly to the vehicle’s electrical system so that no wires are seen. For vehicles that the line does not currently cover, one kit features a pad that can be professionally cut to fit any console tray or flat surface up to 10.5 by 7.5 inches, and installs with the same invisible hard-wired connections.

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    “We anticipate the carmakers will be the catalyst for a major marketing push outlining the benefits of wireless charging in the car,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “Our message on top of that is simple – you can get the same benefit they are offering in new cars, in a kit that’s made specifically for your car – today. And for a whole lot less than buying a new car.”

    FreedomCharge is built to the Qi (pronounced “chee”) standard, which is the same standard used by all major automakers, smartphone builders and most accessory manufacturers. This ensures its compatibility with new smartphones and devices as they are introduced. The liquid-resistant pad surface stands up to internal temperatures and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. It will not harm, nor will it be damaged by, devices or objects placed on its surface that are not Qi-enabled.

    Currently available models include Part No. FDMC-1220 for the 2013-2014 Ford Fusion; Part No. FDMC-1240 for the 2011-2014 Toyota Camry; and Part No. FDMC-1260, which fits 2009-2014 Ram trucks with bucket seats. Part No. FDMC-1210 is a customizable kit in which the charging pad can be cut to fit an available flat console tray area.

    Two adapter sleeves are shipping to fit late-model iPhone models that do not feature built-in wireless charging. Part No. FDMC-1105 fits around the iPhone 5 and 5S, and Part No. FDMC-1106 works with the iPhone 4 and 4S. Additional sleeves will be made available for phones not equipped with wireless charging.

    Brandmotion is also shipping a home charging kit, Part No. FDMC-1100, which plugs into a 110-volt outlet and includes the charging mat.

    Brandmotion will continue to expand the FreedomCharge line with new vehicle applications every month. For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

  • Brandmotion Expands Direct-Connect Camera Line

    Four new models fit increased number of vehicles equipped with display radios

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH., June 5, 2014 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – Brandmotion, the Southfield, Mich.-based developer and supplier of integrated safety and personalization solutions for the automotive aftermarket, announced it has significantly expanded its line of direct-connect rear vision cameras for vehicle-specific applications. The product additions enable Brandmotion resellers to leverage the higher number of vehicles that come with display radios from the factory but that are not equipped with rear vision.

    As part of the expansion, Brandmotion introduced four new models and upgraded an existing top seller. Each of the kits comes equipped with an Authentic OEM™ camera that fits the recommended factory position at the rear of the vehicle. Vehicle-specific wiring harnesses with factory-match connectors pair the camera with the factory display radio.

    “In our research, we see the trend of carmakers moving toward larger display radios in order to offer consumers more features down the road,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “We can thank the smartphone and the industry’s desire to make their use in the vehicle safer by building their functionality into larger, touch screen car radios. At the same time, we can leverage the larger screen to create a safer driver experience when maneuvering the vehicle in and out of parking spaces and tight spots.”

    New to the line are part No. 9002-8538, which fits select 2013-2014 General Motors vehicles, and part No. 9002-8536, designed for Subaru vehicles in the same year span. Part No. 9002-8532 has been upgraded to work with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango equipped with a 52-pin factory connector and either 8.4-inch or 5-inch display, extending its application from 2008 to 2014 on select Chrysler vehicles.

    Part No. 9002-8535, another line addition, is the company’s first application to work with 2013-2014 Mazda vehicles, and part No. 9002-8534, designed for select 2014-2015 Toyota vehicles equipped with a 24-pin factory connector, is a highly sought-after consumer solution.

    The new kits join the recently released part No. 1009-6503 (2013-2014 Ram equipped with 5-inch or 8.4-inch display), as well as parts No. 9002-8537 (2012-2013 Honda Civic), 9002-8531 (select 2011-2014 Chrysler vehicles) and 9002-8530 (2012-2014 Toyota vehicles). In addition to the time-saving and reliability enhancing aspects of the installation, four of the kits require no additional programming from the dealership to initiate them with the display radio.

    Brandmotion will continue to expand the line as more vehicles become equipped with factory display radios. For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

  • Brandmotion Introduces Versatile Camera Kits for Ram Trucks

    Factory or aftermarket, the solution is the same with the Authentic OEM™ 1009-6503 and 1009-6504

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – April 14, 2014 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – Brandmotion announced the immediate availability of two multipurpose cameras kit for the Ram. Part No. 1009-6503 covers 2013-2014 models, while 1009-6504 fits models from 2009 to 2012. Whether the vehicle is furnished with a factory installed 8.4-inch display radio, aftermarket multimedia system or add-on monitor, the new kits provide rear vision safety with the seamless look that only comes from an Authentic OEM™ product.

    Both kits features a replacement rear tailgate handle that incorporates a Panasonic camera, angled optimally to deliver a 150-degree view of the area behind the vehicle. The wiring harness is custom fit and includes matching connectors for a true plug-and-play installation. The kits also contain an adapter harness that enables them to connect to the composite (RCA-type) video input of an aftermarket radio, add-on monitor, or one of Brandmotion’s monitor-equipped replacement mirrors.

    “We’re excited to bring out these ‘one-box’ solutions,” said Jeff Varick, Brandmotion president. “Most of our kits are designed for one application or the other: factory or aftermarket integration. Where it makes sense, we plan to provide both applications in a single kit to enable our dealers to service more vehicles while carrying one less SKU.”

    The two new Ram kits join Brandmotion’s extensive line of Authentic OEM solutions for the truck, including Slimline Auto-Dimming mirror with rear vision display, Infinity Auto-Dimming mirror with HomeLink®, and the Curb-Alert PRO front parking sensor. More information on the kits can be found on Brandmotion’s website at http://bit.ly/brandmotion6503 and http://bit.ly/brandmotion6504.

    The Ram Camera Kits are now available with a suggested retail price of $324.95 for the 1009-6503 and $339.95 for the 1009-6504. Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet of the camera kit, as well as sales tools and information on many more Brandmotion products, by logging into the Brandmotion Dealer Central website at dealer.brandmotion.com. For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

  • Brandmotion Ships 3 Rear Vision Kits for Jeep Wrangler

    Innovatively designed series is the first aftermarket solution

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – February 13, 2014 (SDG MEDIAWIRE) – Brandmotion, premier provider of Authentic OEM™ components for the aftermarket, has announced it is shipping three Rear View products for the Jeep Wrangler. The kits, which are currently only available in the aftermarket from Brandmotion, enable installation of a rear view camera on models from 1997 to 2014.

    “Rear vision on the Jeep Wrangler has been a sought-after solution for some time,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “It’s something our dealers and expediters have requested from us, and we are excited to provide not just one, but three solutions to the aftermarket.”

    The Authentic OEM(tm) camera is mounted high for superior viewing, and looks out through the the spare tire wheel.

     

    Brandmotion’s Rear Vision kits for the Jeep Wrangler all include an OEM-validated Panasonic camera that provides superior clarity and image width. The camera is affixed to a specially designed bracket that allows it to ‘peek’ through the spokes of the mounted spare tire.

    Part No. 9002-8826 (MSRP $699.95), which is intended for vehicles without a screen, includes an Authentic OEM replacement mirror with a built-in, 3.5-inch color monitor. The mirror features auto dimming capability.

    Part No. 9002-8827 (MSRP $649.95) is designed to interface directly with the factory radio / navigation display in the Jeep Wrangler. The kit comes with a special programmer that temporarily plugs into the vehicle’s OBD2 port (On-Board Diagnostics) and codes the display to work with the camera, eliminating the need to have the dealership involved in activation.

    Part No. 9002-8828 (MSRP $299.95) is designed to interface with an aftermarket screen-equipped radio or monitor. It includes a composite video connection that plugs directly into a monitor’s RCA input.

    Authorized dealers can access and download a sell sheet for the 3 kits, as well as sales tools and information on many more Brandmotion products, by logging into the Brandmotion Dealer Central website at dealer.brandmotion.com. For more information, contact Brandmotion at (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

  • Brandmotion Partners With Velocity Sales and Marketing

    Award-winning manufacturer’s representative to service dealers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana

    SOUTHFIELD, MICH. – January 31, 2014 – Brandmotion announced that it has engaged Velocity Sales and Marketing to act as its manufacturer’s representative. The firm will present Brandmotion products and provide support to specialist retailers and expediters in Illinois, Wisconsin and a portion of Indiana.

    Velocity is led by Mike Lewis, an industry veteran who worked in manufacturer representation since 1989. Lewis started Velocity in 2006, and with the partnership of Gary Roach, the firm has since grown to count Alpine Electronics, Helix, PHD and Lightning Audio among its prominent vendor partners. Velocity also won Representative of the Year honors in 2012 from Mobile Electronics magazine, and industry trade publication.

    “Mike has an outstanding reputation for integrity and product knowledge,” said Jeff Varick, president of Brandmotion. “His company’s vendor partners have benefitted from strong dealer relationships and his attention to detail. The Rep of the Year award was well-deserved, and we are confident that Velocity will strengthen the Brandmotion brand throughout the territory.”

    Velocity will carry Brandmotion’s entire product mix, including the expanded Rear Vision camera line for the newer Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra, an exclusive line for the Jeep Wrangler, and specialist products like Curb-Alert Pro spoiler protection, Freedom Charge custom wireless phone chargers and HomeLink embedded control systems.

    “I’m very excited to represent Brandmotion in our area and count the company among our vendor partners,” said Lewis. “Brandmotion is a premium brand that lets our dealers sell OEM quality parts. You can buy a $30 camera anywhere, but around here, this time of year, the salt all over the roads will tear them up. Nothing beats Authentic OEM quality.”

    Velocity Sales and Marketing can be reached at info@emailvelocity.com or (847) 847-4775. For more information on Brandmotion, call (734) 619-1250, visit Brandmotion.com or follow Brandmotion on Facebook at facebook.com/brandmotion.

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