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Beginner’s guide to using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

With the advancement of phones, they are so useful that many people don’t know when to stop.

One of the main times to stop is when driving, as it can cause serious accidents.

To keep everything safe, Google and Apple both came up with a way to keep their customers engaged with their phone while driving. Apple came up with Carplay and Google brought Android Auto.

Following you will find a beginners guide for using them. So let’s go!

  1. What are these?

These are simply mobile apps. Android Auto is an android app that can be downloaded from Google Play. This app can be run by any android phone that has android version 5.0 or upgraded.

CarPlay is an IOS app that can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store. Any iPhone 5 or later phones can make CarPlay app run on them.

By using these apps, you can use your phone in the car’s system.

  1. How to use them?

In most of the cars, you cannot use these apps unless you have a smartphone integration feature in your car stereo system. You can connect your phone to your car that has smartphone integration system by using a USB cable.

When you are connected with the app you will be able to use a lot of other apps that are in your phone. Like Phone calls, texts, music library, Navigation apps etc.

You will be using these apps through your car stereo system. They will run with your voice command and will read out many things that we read ourselves. You can control and command Google now (Android), Siri (ios) from your car if you connect your phone with your stereo system.

Whilst it is now legal to keep yourself connected with your phone even when you are driving, remember, you will need a smartphone integration feature on your car stereo. If you want a smartphone integration feature then GC Car Audio can help you with that.

 

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Benefits of having Bluetooth in your car

There are so many additional features that you can add in your car stereo system. One of the best features is adding Bluetooth in the car. Why? Simply because there are so many benefits that you can’t ignore.

Here are a few benefits for having Bluetooth in your car

Safe phone calls

Did you know, you can legally speak on the phone while driving using a Bluetooth hands-free calling? Yes, having a Bluetooth feature, can allow you to receive a call and talk hands-free. This is a great tool so you never miss any important calls and keep your eyes on the road at the same times, while not breaking any laws.

Texting

The Bluetooth feature on your car stereo can allow you to text or receive messages without hassle. There are some phones that will even enable your car stereo to read out the text to you. You can easily hear them through your car speakers and respond without much effort.

 Unlimited music

When you can connect your phone with your car via Bluetooth, you don’t need to rely on any cd or DVD to listen to music. You can open your phone’s playlist and start listening to them in your car music system. You can even go to YouTube and play all the songs that you want to play using your car speakers.

Navigation Assist

By connecting your phone, you can get a lot of your phone’s features using the car stereo. You can connect your phone with the car and start taking help of the GPS navigation which is in your phone. With Bluetooth’s connection in your car, you can hear the next direction spoken through the car audio.

Having Bluetooth in your car opens up the opportunity to use your phone in the car. You will be able to integrate your car with your phone if you use Bluetooth in your car. If you want to add a Bluetooth feature in your car, then Gold Coast Car Audio can help you with that. You can add a wide range of features to your car stereo. Just get connected with us and we will be providing you with some awesome improvement that will change your car driving experience.

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Do you love all things marine and car audio? Or are you obsessed with the latest driving assistance and smartphone integration technology? For the latest news on all this and more, see our blogs! We love sharing inside industry knowledge and tips with our customers. Want to know more? Contact our Gold Coast store to chat with one of our expert team.

Tips to keep your car secure

As the level of crime is increasing throughout the world, people are getting more concerned about safety. Moreover, no one wants to be a victim of car theft. So, here are a few tips to keep your car secure.

Dash Cam with Parking Mode

Today’s dash cam comes with many cool features, one of them is parking mode. Your car cam will keep on recording even when it is parked. So, your car cam can identify any damage that has been done when no one was looking.

Car Alarm

A car alarm might not stop a car from being stolen, but it will give a theif something they don’t really want – Attention! With bright flashing lights, and that annoying noise, it won’t be long before they are looking for an easier car to break in to.

GPS tracking

In order to secure your car, you can install a GPS tracking. Because you will be able to track the location of your car any time you want. Even if your car gets stolen, you can locate it using GPS tracking.

Car Immobilizer

By using a car immobilizer, you can stop your car manually and remotely. So, this car protection tool can be used to secure your car. Even if your car gets stolen and stays on the move, you can stop it using the car immobilizer.

Steering lock gearstick and handbrake locks

This is a cheap tool that doesn’t cost much but can be effective in securing your car. This lock can lock the steering, handbrake, and gearstick. Without picking these locks, it is impossible to steal a car. So these locks can buy you a lot of time to stop someone from stealing your car.

Marking/ Etching

Marking is a technique that can be done simply or using a complex process. This is simply marking your car. You can do that using invisible ultraviolet pen or dots encoded with information. This will help you identify your car in most situations.

Being Aware

This is the most important tip so far. Because being aware in handing keys to someone or keeping windows closed can make a lot of difference. You can park your car in a well-lit area to avoid car theft. Remove all valuable when you leave the car so there is nothing for an opportunistic thief to take.

Car insurance is also a great way to protect yourself if the worst does happen and your car is damaged or stolen. If you need any sort of car protection tool or driving assistance tools you can come to Gold Coast Car Audio. We not only provide high-quality Car stereo systems and car speakers but also other devices that can help you secure your car.

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Do you love all things marine and car audio? Or are you obsessed with the latest driving assistance and smartphone integration technology? For the latest news on all this and more, see our blogs! We love sharing inside industry knowledge and tips with our customers. Want to know more? Contact our Gold Coast store to chat with one of our expert team.

5 WAYS YOU CAN ENTERTAIN YOURSELF WITH ON A LONG CAR DRIVE

A Long car drive can be fun but sometimes it can get boring and tiresome if you don’t have anything to entertain yourself with.

Here are 5 ways how you can entertain yourself with on a long drive.

Good Music

Listening to music that you love during a long drive can really keep your mood lifted. But in order to enjoy good music, you need a good car audio system.. Nothing beats a long drive with your favorite music played on a good car stereo.

Podcast

Listening to a podcast while you are on a long drive gives you access to all manner of stories, documentaries and shows. No matter how long the trip is, if you have a good podcast on, you will not feel bored. Make sure you have good car speakers in your car, because without good quality car speakers, you might struggle with the sound quality. Find a car speaker that has a good middle-range driver in it and experience crystal clear sound quality.

Having a Great Navigation System

This one is quite unusual for many. Because many may not find any correlation between a good navigation system and an enjoyable car ride. But there is a strong correlation between being annoyed and a poor car navigation. A poor car navigation system not only can distract and annoy you by failing but also can make you lost. So, to avoiding uncomfortable rides, you need a better car navigation system to make your road trip smooth.

Taking a break

Taking a break can be a great way to enjoy your overall car drive. A break can take away tiredness and introduce you to a new place or a restaurant. Take time to step out of the car and enjoy the scenery.

Having snacks

When you are going for a long drive, make sure you pack lots of delicious snacks. Having snacks while driving is a guilty pleasure that makes every road trip.

Above are some cool ways of how you can enjoy your long drive. So, if you think you need to modify a thing about your car to enjoy in that long drive that you are planning, you can contact us. Gold Coast Car Audio will have a solution for you.

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Do you love all things marine and car audio? Or are you obsessed with the latest driving assistance and smartphone integration technology? For the latest news on all this and more, see our blogs! We love sharing inside industry knowledge and tips with our customers. Want to know more? Contact our Gold Coast store to chat with one of our expert team.

5 things you need to know about a car backup camera

A lot of the newer model cars are not fitted with a rearview camera. A rearview camera can come in a variety of price ranges to suit most budgets.

If you want to buy a new car backup camera, then these are the things that you need to know-

  1. The use of a Rearview Camera

This camera can help you see what’s going on behind your car, so it is a great aid in parking, providing a better view and some guidance.

A rearview camera can let you know what is behind and save you from bumps on the backside of your car. A rear camera is great when you are in a busy area and you want to ensure the safety of those around you.

A car backup camera can give you the rearview. By doing so, this driving assistance device can help reducing blind spot caused issues.

  1. Features

A car backup camera comes with many different features, such as an infrared view which can help a driver even when they are parking at night.

  1. Suitable for all weathers and places.

Most rearview cameras are waterproof and therefore can be used in wet conditions. A good quality rearview camera will also work in a variety of conditions, and will be able to absorb the shock and vibrations, so they would be suitable an off-road road trip too.

  1. Easy installation

The installation of a car backup camera is very easy, you can mount it up on your car’s number plate. Mounting a car backup camera doesn’t require any sort of drilling or heavy process.

  1. Integrated with car stereo

A backup camera can be integrated with your car stereo and it can show images of the rearview on the display of the car stereo.

From safety issues to performance, a rearview camera is a great driving assistance tool that you can enhance your vehicle.

 

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Why do you need car audio amplifiers?

If you are looking for answers to questions like, “do I need a car audio amplifier?” or “why don’t my upgraded car speakers don’t good?” or “how to make my car music system play louder and cleaner?”, then this article can help you out with answers.

A car amplifier is a device that amplifies a weak audio signal and makes it loud. But before I even go deeper, you should know that every car audio system has an amplifier. Most of the time the amplifier is built-in your car stereo, but they may not be of high quality. So, if you want a good quality amp that is built-in with a car stereo then you might have to pay a little more for your car stereo. So, the question lies, whether you need to add an extra amp or not. The answer is, it depends.

Here are a few reasons for buying a car audio amplifier-

Quality

Obviously, the sound quality is the main reason. If you want your car speakers to play with low distortion or crisp clear then you definitely need to buy a good car amplifier. Even before you buy new car speakers, you need good amplifiers.

Loud

If you are the type of person who loves to listen to their music out loud then a quality car amplifier is the most important thing that you need in your car audio system. An amplifier will amplify the sound and make it louder to hear.

For doing Justice to your speakers

A good set of speakers can do great things for your car audio system. But if you have upgraded your car speakers and didn’t get the expected quality of sound from them, then probably it is due to having a poor car audio amplifier. Buy a good quality amplifier for a good set of speakers.

Adding a Subwoofer

A subwoofer is a type of speaker that can play really low sounds. So, if you are a hip-hop fan and don’t want to miss a low beat and want to add a subwoofer then adding a car music amplifier is your solution.

Channels

For each car speaker, you will need one channel. But usually, your car stereo will have only a few numbers of channels. Thus, for adding a number of speakers you will need a car audio amplifier that has multiple numbers of channels to suit your needs.

Using amplifiers will enhance the quality of sound and will open the door for other car music system upgrades. If you want a complete car music system or marine audio system then GC car Audio can give you a solution.

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3 different types of speaker and their uses

Speakers are the electronic device that turns audio files into real sound for our ears to hear. We can’t hear an mp3 file, our ears only hear frequencies. So, the speakers turn an audio file (can be of any format like .mp3, .wav etc.) into frequencies so that we can listen to them.

There are three basic types of speakers:

  1. Woofers
  2. Tweeter
  3. Mid-Range

Here we will be talking about 3 basic types of speakers and their uses.

  1. Woofers: Woofers are responsible for producing the low frequency of sounds. They can produce sounds that are between 40 Hz to 500 Hz. So, all the bass notes are played by the woofers. It is because of the woofers we can hear bass sounds. So, if you are a fan of the bass drum or a bass guitar, you need a good woofer. For a hip-hop fan, a good woofer can help to listen to the low beats and augment the feel of a song.
  2. Tweeters: Tweeters produce high-frequency audio. They can produce sounds that are in between 2000 Hz to 20000 Hz. All high notes from a guitar can be heard clearly if you have a good tweeter. It is a good idea to increase the tweeter sound for listening to songs that have high pitch vocal lines.
  3. Mid-Range: This type of speakers produces the frequency that is in between the woofer and tweeters. A mid-range speaker can produce frequency from 500 Hz to 4000 Hz. In any typical song, the mid-range frequencies are used more. So, it’s important to have a good mid-range speaker. Most of the pop or rock songs require a mid-range speaker for good sound quality.

So, if you want to listen to music with good quality sound then you need all three of the basic speakers. But, even if you have all three speakers your music might not sound great if they aren’t good quality.

If you enjoy listening to music in the car then you need a better car music system, including a good car stereo and car speakers. If you own a boat and want a good marine stereo system or boat speakers then you can contact with Gold Coast Car Audio. We have all you need to make your journey in your vehicle an enjoyable one.

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Do you love all things marine and car audio? Or are you obsessed with the latest driving assistance and smartphone integration technology? For the latest news on all this and more, see our blogs! We love sharing inside industry knowledge and tips with our customers. Want to know more? Contact our Gold Coast store to chat with one of our expert team.

What is the difference between GPS Tracking and Navigation?

GPS or Global Positioning System is an incredible technology that can be used by everyday people nowadays. GPS technology can determine your position on the globe with accuracy.

How does GPS work?

GPS works in a very simple way. The satellites can track a GPS receiver (the device which we use to track something). Then it sends the positional information. Then our car stereo can use the information and place the location on a map.

Difference between GPS Navigation and Tracking

The GPS navigation or tracking both have different uses and purpose, but both of them use a GPS system.

Navigation: The navigation is used in transport, it can be a car, ship or even an aeroplane. The navigation is used for locating a destination and reaching that point.

Tracking: The tracking can be used on anything that is needed to be tracked, including transport, humans, animals, products or device etc.

Let’s get to know about the differences between them.

The flow of Information:

In the Navigation System, the GPS locates the position of the transport and sends the information to the driver by decoding it in a map. It also locates the destination point where the transport is willing to go. It is because of the GPS navigation that a driver gets turn by turn directions.

In the Tracking System, just like the navigation system, the GPS locates the position of the transport or anything with a GPS receiver. But unlike the navigation system, the information of the location goes to someone who wants to monitor the entity with the GPS receiver.

Purpose:

The purpose of using GPS navigation is to reach a destination point or identifying one’s own position in the map.

The purpose of tracking is to identify something or someone else’s position on a map.

Use:

The GPS navigation will navigate you to your desired point. No matter where you live on the globe, GPS navigation will work. If you want to reach a destination but you don’t know how to get there then GPS navigation can take you to your destination.

The GPS tracker will simply track your current location or movements. If you are a business owner and want to monitor deliveries for example, then you can track their position and their movement speed using a GPS tracker.

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Best features available with today’s dash cams

In the past dash cams were used mostly by the Police, but now as the price of a portable camera has decreased, many people are buying and using them in their own cars. It can provide drivers with assistance while driving and parking. Most importantly, dash cams help with the insurance claim and work as an evidence for any crucial event.

It’s easy to buy a dash cam but there are lots of features to care about before purchasing. Let’s get to know some of the best features available with today’s dash cams-

Looping

Dash cams continuously record while the car is being driven, these recorded files are usually kept on memory cards that have a limited amount of storage. If the limited amount of storage finishes then the camera will stop recording unless it has a looping feature in it. Dash cams with a looping feature will continuously record and replace record files that users no longer need.

G-force

With this feature, a camera can detect a sudden change in acceleration and impacts and keeps a record of the impact or sudden acceleration change and this footage will not be deleted by the looping feature.

Image Quality

In today’s dash cam one of the most important features is high-quality recording. Today’s dash cam offers a wider view in front and around the car with  good quality recording.

Clear Night Time Recording

Some cameras now come with super clear night time recording, so that you don’t miss a single thing

Infrared or Night vision

Some dash cams also come with infrared or night vision features to record detailed video in the night time.

Lane Departure Warning

A dash cam with lane departure warning will alert the driver when the car moves away from the lane that it is driving on.

Parking Mode

A dash cam that has a parking mode feature that will record even after the car is parked and the car is switched off; in order to have this feature, your dash cam will require battery backup.

Battery Backup

A camera with battery backup will not only depend on the car energy, it can record even when the car is turned off using battery backup.

Motion Sensor

Dash cams with a motion sensor can detect any crucial motion when it is parking mode and will start recording instantly. This is how your dash cam will not miss a thing even when the driver is not around.

Using dash cam can be smart move as it will help you ensure safety for yourself and others around you. You will also get an easier driving experience.

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Things you need to know about modern car navigation systems

The modern car navigation is a very complex system but has been designed so that it is very easy to use. There are so many things that a navigation system does.

Here are a few interesting things about Modern Car Navigation –

Guiding system with display

Your maps are a simple and easy to follow navigation screen, with turn by turn instructions so you don’t get lost.

Voice Assistance system

Most of the modern car navigations have voice assistance systems. This can help a driver to get the alerts and additional information without taking eyes off the road, and with built-in voice recognition, a driver can command the navigation system with their voice as well.

Your Car Navigation is better than your Mobile Navigation

Using your mobile to navigate is pretty easy, but it sucks both your battery and your data, plus every time a call or text comes in your map gets disrupted which can result in you missing a turn. Below are a few reasons to ditch your mobile maps and use a car navigation system:

  • Large Display: With a bigger car stereo system, you can have a larger interface. A larger interface is less distracting than a phone. Especially when you have to glare too many times on the screen to drive the car.
  • The signal might go off: For phones, losing signal means losing everything. Because phones can’t give you navigation information when it is out of signal, however a car navigation, always active and ready to use.
  • Real-Time Traffic Data: Radio data system enables car navigation to get real-time traffic data continuously, whereas phone navigation is dependent on the internet connection to provide real-time traffic data.
  • Power option: Your Phone may run out of charge, but your car navigation won’t.

When it comes to navigation and music all in one handy system Gold Coast Car Audio have got you covered.