Delphi’s New Heavy Duty Satellite Radio Reflects Latest in Customer’s Preferences
New design results in lower costs for commercial customers
March 21, 2006, TROY, Mich. -- Delphi Corp. has introduced a new satellite radio for the heavy-duty market based on research and feedback of commercial vehicle users. The new premium CD/MP3 radio with an integrated satellite receiver features robust, digital-quality audio in a compact package at a very competitive cost.
“We went directly to professional operators to learn their special preferences for the radio in their vehicles,” said Ken Erickson, Delphi Integrated Media Systems business line executive. “We wanted to get feedback from the end-users of this product to get customer driven direction on the design. We believe that this ’common sense approach’ to design is going to make this a very popular radio in that market.”
To achieve high quality and strong longevity, the single DIN premium MP3/CD radio is durably designed and SAE J1455 compliant for rugged use in the harsh environment of commercial and off-highway vehicles. All of the materials and components for the radio were carefully selected for maximum resistance to wear. Display lighting is achieved through LED backlighting to extend the display life. In addition, the new radio eliminates the need for a remote satellite receiver, brackets and wiring harness for satellite radio. Delphi’s critical sourcing and world-class assembly methods in producing radios adds to the overall value and quality for commercial vehicle makers.
“Our design engineers worked with suppliers to accomplish a very significant mass reduction and consequent cost reduction in the radio,” said Erickson. “It allows us to pass these valuable savings on to our customers.”
The new radio features larger more ergonomically friendly controls including knobs, buttons and a 2 X 16 dot matrix display that provides two lines each with 16 alphanumeric data characters for improved data quality. It can be equipped with digital satellite radio reception from either of the two North American satellite radio companies. The digital tuner provides crisp, high-quality sound. These features are in addition to AM/FM stereo with 7-channel NOAA weather band and MP3/CD playback. It can also play and charge an iPod at the same time. The radio even has an alarm clock with snooze function.
Delphi helped to start the mobile communications revolution when it installed the first radio in the instrument panel of an automobile in 1936. The company has a wealth of experience in producing mobile radios and other wireless communications. With more than 70 years of audio systems experience, Delphi prides itself in providing more total factory-installed audio systems than any other commercial vehicle supplier.
Note: Satellite reception depends on the ability of the antenna to receive a signal. The signal may not be available in buildings or if obstructed (e.g. by mountains, trees, bridges, etc.)
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