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MATS Report: Cobra previews Bluetooth-compatible CB radio

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Interest was high at the Cobra Electronics booth at last week's Mid-America Trucking Show. Howev...

Cobra's new Bluetooth-enabled CB will be available this summer.
Cobra's new Bluetooth-enabled CB will be available this summer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Interest was high at the Cobra Electronics booth at last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show. However, the new product that was causing such a stir, a CB radio with Bluetooth wireless technology, is not available until July.

The 29 LTD BT with Bluetooth technology, allows drivers to have phone conversations on the road, because calls from a mobile phone are synched with the CB radio.

“We are thrilled to offer the first CB radio with Bluetooth technology, which will help drivers communicate more safely and conveniently,” said Tony Mirabelli, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Cobra.

A noise canceling microphone allows calls to be heard loud and clear, even over a noisy engine, states Cobra product manager, Ramon Sandoval, who was manning the MATS booth. Incoming audio is routed through the radio’s five-watt CB speaker, making it easy for the driver to hear the caller, he adds.

“That’s the biggest thing that people like, besides the hand free,” he said. “The truck is a noisy environment.”

The Bluetooth feature also gives drivers the ability to answer and terminate calls by pushing one button on the CB microphone, allowing drivers to stay focused on the road. The new auto redial feature also allows for one-touch redialing of the last phone number called.

Otherwise, the 29 LTD offers Cobra’s CB radio standards, such as instant access to emergency Channel 9, and tactile controls to allow the driver to feel where the dial is in its rotation, without taking his/her eyes off the road. As well, the new unit offers: four-watt AM RF power output; talk-back controls to adjust the desired amount of modulation talk-back that is present at the speaker; “Delta Tune” to clarify incoming signals; and adjustable “Dynamike” boost, which increases the microphone’s sensitivity for increased voice clarity.

The 29 LTD BT will be available at travel centres and CB dealers this summer, and expected to retail at $189.95, in both the US and Canada.

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