Clarion Establishes New Silicon Valley Office to Strengthen Ties with Software and App Development Community

Clarion Establishes New Silicon Valley Office to Strengthen Ties with Software
                        and App Development Community

New In-Vehicle Connectivity Products and Services to Benefit from Silicon
Valley Resources and Innovations

PR Newswire

CYPRESS, Calif., May 29, 2013

CYPRESS, Calif., May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Clarion Corporation of America,
a leader in consumer and commercial mobile electronics, announced today the
establishment of a Silicon Valley office to cater to the growing software and
app development needs associated with its cloud-connected in-vehicle
multimedia and infotainment products and services. 

With the continued popularity and growth of smartphones and tablets fueling
software and app intensive business opportunities and innovations, Clarion is
determined to take advantage of talents, creativity and resources available in
the Silicon Valley area. The office will also facilitate Clarion's engineering
and product marketing teams to work closer with the company's software and app
developers, as well as Clarion's strategic partners including Google with
which Clarion recently announced a multi-year agreement. 

"In the past year, we have witnessed a rapidly growing move towards
cloud-connected infotainment systems for in-vehicle applications," stated Paul
Lachner, President of Clarion Corporation of America. "While we are excited
about Clarion's exclusive Smart Access being the first successful cloud-based
in-vehicle system designed specifically for app-driven OEM and aftermarket
applications, we believe the industry is just beginning to realize the
opportunities and challenges associated with incorporating and operating
cloud-connected devices inside the vehicle. Given that, it is of great
strategic and tactical importance to Clarion to rely on a dedicated team that
lives and works at the epicenter of innovation when it comes to apps and
software development." 

Located in Santa Clara, California, the new Clarion office is minutes away
from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino as well as Google's offices in
Sunnyvale. The facility is designed to accommodate engineers from Clarion's
Advanced Engineering group as well as product and marketing experts from the
company's Content and Service Planning group. Clarion expects the Silicon
Valley office to positively influence the company's product development
efforts by promoting closer team work with its partners, foster creativity,
and sharpen skills required for successfully competing in connectivity-focused
markets. 

About Clarion

Headquartered in Cypress, California, Clarion Corporation of America is a
subsidiary of Japan-based Clarion Co. Ltd, which has been a consolidated
subsidiary of the Hitachi Group since 2006. Clarion has been an international
leader in car audio and electronics since 1940. The company is engaged in
the research, development, engineering, design, manufacturing, sales and
marketing of mobile entertainment, navigation, infotainment, communication,
safety and security products for the automotive, marine, recreational vehicle,
commercial fleet and heavy industry environments. Clarion has been the
recipient of numerous excellence awards for design, innovation, support,
manufacturing and product reliability from independent organizations. The
company has marketing and sales affiliates in Europe, North and South America,
Asia and Australia. Clarion is located on the web at www.clarion.com.

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SOURCE Clarion Corporation of America

Website: http://www.clarion.com
Contact: Angela Flynn, Phone: 248-991-3236, aflynn@clarionus.com
 
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