Redpants Tech Day - NoVa 2019
NOTE: This event is tentatively scheduled and has not been finalized! Dates, locations, or its very existence my change.
Another Redpants Tech Day focusing on Aston Infotainment Systems, but this time in northern Virginia! We’re being hosted by TLC Auto Detail in Dulles, VA, who have been kind enough to invite us in and take care of us for the weekend.
WHAT IS A TECH DAY?
Tech Days are a concept I came up with a while back. It’s probably not original, but it’s a straight-forward premise that ties into the rest of my overall goals for Redpants and Redpants Unzipped. A Tech Day is a one-day event where I bring in experts from a specific segment of the automotive industry. They give a speech about themselves and their careers, about their areas of expertise, and then about how it all applies specifically to Aston Martins.
This time around we have James Hawkes-Reed of Aston Installations and his partner Lenny Knox coming from England and the Tech Day will focus on infotainment systems. Not only will James be providing us with plenty of information, you guys and gals will also be able to have your cars upgraded with their current offerings.
WHAT CAN THEY DO?
Aston Installations are able to fix a major complaint many of us Aston owners have about our cars: the outdated infotainment systems.
Here’s what they did for my car back when we did our first Tech Day in 2018:
They’ve been doing some updating of their own since then, and now have both Android Auto and CarPlay available, even for the New Vantage! (DB11 should work as well, but we’re waiting for more testing before green-lighting the product.)
TLC Auto Detail
106 Oakgrove Rd.
Dulles, VA 20166
9am, Saturday, 22 June 2019
CarPlay integration: $1700 installed
Aston Installations now offer an integration for CarPlay! The system uses the factory navigation screen, so it isn’t touch-screen enabled. They add a small dial to quickly scroll through each app available within CarPlay. A dedicated microphone is added so you can use Siri for voice controls. Since the factory nav screen is used, you can use the screen for any app from CarPlay, including Waze!
Android Auto integration: $1700 Installed
Along the same lines of CarPlay, this setup will allow users of Android phones to have the Android Auto functionality in their Aston Martin.
Music streaming via Bluetooth: $1095 installed
If your car came with a USB input, you can use a Bovee 1000 to stream music from your phone to your car. It’s simple and effective, but the earlier cars that didn’t come with a USB input so they need a bit of extra work to make it happen. This installation option adds a couple extra components so you can use a Bovee to stream music - and yes, the Bovee is included.
Front camera: $1095 installed
The front lip of an Aston Martin is off in its own world. It’s a difficult thing to manage because it’s so hard to tell where exactly the front lip is - and I sell a lot of replacements as a result of it! Save yourself the nerve-racking and cringe-inducing incidents and get a front camera for your Aston Martin. The video from the camera is displayed on the factory navigation screen, and a discreet switch lets to switch between the camera input and the factory navigation system.
Rear camera: $875 installed
As useful as a front camera, the rear camera helps you see what’s behind your Aston Martin. Especially useful for reversing into parking spaces when low-level rear visibility is a problem, it’s another great way to reduce the stress of living with your Aston. The camera’s video is automatically displayed on the car’s factory navigation screen when you put the car in reverse, and then returns to its normal display when you get out of reverse gear.
Front and Rear Camera Package: $1535 installed
Front and rear cameras at a package price. Simple enough! Please see the descriptions above for each item.
Rearview mirror with reversing camera: $1095 installed
Don’t have a factory navigation screen? Not a problem! This rearview mirror has a built-in screen that displays video from the reversing camera when you put your car in reverse gear. When not in reverse gear, the screen is off and the rearview mirror hides the embedded screen, looking like a normal rearview mirror.
SIGN UP FORM
If you want to have work done on your car, please fill out the form below. Your information will only be used as needed for this event and will not be shared with anyone outside of Redpants or Aston Installations.
There’s quite a bit of information, but it’s all necessary to make sure we’re prepared to do all the work that needs to be done for each car.
If you are attending the Tech Day but not having any work done on your car, please mark the Audio and Camera Installations fields as “None” and fill out the rest of the form accordingly.
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