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New Axxess Bluetooth Vehicle Customization Interface to Debut at 2018 CES

Posted on: Jan 3, 2018 10:35:00 AM

Use a Smartphone to Control Vehicle-Specific Personalization Settings Unavailable on the Aftermarket Head Unit
Holly Hill, FL - January 2, 2018 – Axxess by Metra Electronics® is introducing a Bluetooth enabled vehicle customization interface, the AX-CUSTOM-BT, at CES. This new interface provides access to edit and control settings for many of the most commonly lost vehicle personalization options after changing out the OEM radio. Options will vary by vehicle, but may include settings for locks, security, engine off options, lights, a chime or other audio options that aren’t accessible from the new head unit. Using the Axxess Bluetooth smartphone app, users can manage these settings from the palm of their hand.
The AX-CUSTOM-BT is designed as an add-on product for aftermarket radio upgrades when using a vehicle-specific Axxess interface. The vehicle personalization options that are available to control via Bluetooth are specific to each application, and dependent upon what was available in the factory radio prior to removal.
“The complexity of OEM and aftermarket radios and the differences among their technology and settings has created a challenge for 12 volt installers. Customers do not want to lose control over their vehicle personalization settings when their factory radio is removed. Our solution allows installers to access and control settings that may have otherwise been lost,” says Juan Lugo, Director of Axxess. “Now, they can confidently upgrade to a new head unit, even if it does not provide access to all of the original personalization menu settings,” Lugo added.
The AX-CUSTOM-BT is just one of many new vehicle integration solutions that will be launched by Axxess at CES. See all of the new products from Metra’s 12 volt brands at CES booth #5211 in the North Hall. Attend a 30 minute AX-DSP demonstration at the booth, hosted at 11am and 2pm on 1/9, 1/10 and 1/11. A new product guide from Axxess will also be available at on opening day of the show. CES is held January 9 - 12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
About Metra Electronics
At Metra, 12 volt installation and integration is our passion. We strive to continuously offer the highest quality products to meet the fluctuating technological challenges of the automotive world. We actively listen to our customers’ requests and invest resources into developing the highest quality dash kit and harness solutions. We make more dash kits for the most vehicle applications than anyone else in the world. That’s why we’ve been known as “The Installer’s Choice®” for over 70 years. Our brands include: Axxess®, T-Spec®, The Install Bay®, Heise LED Lighting Systems®, iBeam Vehicle Safety Systems®, Shuriken High Performance Batteries®, Raptor®, Ballistic® and AmmoTenna®.  Metra’s expertise in connectivity solutions is also applied to their division of premium home theater and surveillance products, Metra Home Theater Group®.
For ordering information and pricing, visit Metra Electronics online at or call 800.221-0932. For Metra Home Theater Group ordering information and pricing, visit or call 866.839.9187.