In Car Bluetooth Hands Free Systems

In March 2017, the law changed with regards to using your mobile phone in the car. The following information is from gov.uk and outlines using mobile phones or sat nav when driving.

gov.uk mobile phone lawIt's illegal to hold a phone or sat nav while driving or riding a motorcycle. You must have hands-free access, such as:

- bluetooth headset
- voice command
- a dashboard holder or mat
- a windscreen mount
- a built-in sat nav

The device must not block your view of the road and traffic ahead.

You must stay in full control of your vehicle at all times. The police can stop you if they think you're not in control because you're distracted and you can be prosecuted.

The law still applies to you if you're:

- stopped at traffic lights
- queuing in traffic
- supervising a learner driver

You can use a hand-held phone if either of these apply:

- you're safely parked
- you need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and it's unsafe or impractical to stop

Penalties:
You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You'll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years.

You can get 3 penalty points if you don't have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

You can also be taken to court where you can be banned from driving or riding and get a maximum fine of £1,000 (£2,500 if you're driving a lorry or bus).

 

How can we help?

fit bluetooth to my carDon't worry - Bluetooth can be installed to any model of vehicle, often for less than the standard fine. In many cases integrated through your existing controls. Many of these options can also offer bluetooth streaming and DAB radio.

The following outline some of the most popular systems but please contact us with your vehicle details and we can recommend the most suitable system. Our competitive prices always include all necessary parts (including vehicle specific wiring looms), installation and coding where necessary.

 


Bury 9056 -Bluetooth® hands-free car kit with MP3 playback and touch screen.

bury 9056 bluetooth hands free kitFeatures:
Touch screen - operation of the device using a touch-sensitive screen
Multipoint function - connect two mobile phones with the system simultaneously
Voice memo function - record telephone calls
MP3-playback from mobile phone also possible via A2DP
Text display - display of text messages, e-mails or phone book entries
Automatic radio mute function - when calling
Display shows contacts, call log, battery level, reception quality, name of network provider and handset name
Dial number - dial a known number from the available entries or enter a new number
Crystal-clear voice reproduction - via vehicle’s built-in sound system
MP3 playback from your mobile phone over your car’s hi-fi system
Automatic switch over to hands-free mode - when A2DP connection is active (depending on type of radio)
Search function -  for telephone book entries using up to four first letters
Click on image to download brochure.

Bury 9068 - Voice-controlled Bluetooth® hands-free device with touchscreen and battery charge function for your mobile phone

bury 9068 hands free bluetooth kitDialogPlus voice control - extremely accurate, rapid reaction word recognition without voice training and with visual and acoustic user support
Unlimited music enjoyment – thanks to the direct playback of music1 and an integrated 30 Watt digital amplifier
Touchscreen - for menu prompting, call handling and volume control
Battery charging function for your mobile - guarantees unlimited talk time in your car
Magic word - activation of the voice control with a single voice command
Can be adapted flexibly - with free application for CC 9068 App
Multipoint function - connect two mobile phones with the system simultaneously
Text-to-Speech - Readout of status and information messages
Voice Dialling
The separate level-adjustment of the microphone and the speakers via the HFCK menu
Make several phone calls at the same time - hold calls and switch between them, conference calls with up to 7 participants
Display shows contacts, call log, reception quality, handset name and name of network provider
Including a charging cable - for smartphones with a micro USB connection
Storage capacity - max 10. handsets, 1000 text messages, 150 voice tags, 15,000 contacts (up to 1,500 contacts per phone)

 

Fiscon Retro-fit Bluetooth Hands Free

fiscon integrated bluetooth hands free installedMore than a normal bluetooth handsfree, FISCON handsfree kits are fully integrated into the vehicle infotainment system. This means familiar and simple operation with the existing buttons in the vehicle, comprehensive display of information on the navigation system or FIS / DIS screen and no unnecessary external components.

The product line Basic shows the data on the FIS / DIS-Screen of the vehicle. In addition to that Plus and Pro products provides a fully integration into the infotainment system.

FISCON Bluetooth handsfree kits are currently available for Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Mini, Seat, Skoda and VW vehicles.

 

audi fiscon image

 

Pioneer SDA-11DAB universal Bluetooth and DAB upgrade

pioneer sda-11dab in car dab bluetoothPioneer introduces a new way of adding DAB+ Digital Radio and Bluetooth into your vehicle. The SDA-11DAB features superior DAB performance, and combines it with a very easy to use menu and dedicated radio preset buttons, essential to allow you to stay focused on driving.

Also included is built-in Bluetooth, to allow you to receive phone calls conveniently and safely. With all the accessories included to easily install into any vehicle. Pioneer's SDA-11DAB is very easy to fit, even by yourself. It is designed to work with your existing factory stereo, either wireless, or wired, making it the perfect solution to enhance your driving experience.

 

Add a CarPlay or Android Auto module

If your vehicle already has a media screen, such as Audi MMI or BMW iDrive, we can add a smartphone module which allows you to use APPs from your phone through your cars existing screen and controls. This enables you to make and answer calls, use navigation APPs such as Waze and Googlemaps, play music via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon music and other APPs, dictate messages and much more.

A few examples are shown below. Click on the image to enlarge:

Audi A5

audi a5 bluetooth carplay android auto

Audi A6

audi a6 bluetooth carplay android auto installed

Visit our Apple CarPlay and Android Auto pages for more information.


Upgrade your radio

A popular alternative to fit Bluetooth to your car is to upgrade the radio (also known as 'head unit'). This allows you to add Bluetooth and other features such as DAB, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (if required). We offer a huge range of Bluetooth units from Pioneer, Alpine and Sony to suit all vehicles and budgets.

Contact us with your vehicle registration and we will advise if this upgrade is possible, and, if so, costs to supply and install a replacement system for you. This will involve removing the current radio and installing a new unit in its place using a vehicle specific fitting kit. This will maintain the aesthetics of your dash and all current functionality such as steering wheel controls (volume up, down etc on your steering wheel).

A couple of example installs (click to enlarge):

Audi TT

audi tt bluetooth radio upgrade#

Porsche 911

porsche 911 bluetooth radio upgrade

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