Clarion Next GATEA couple of months ago, Clarion announced the launch of its Next GATE smartphone controller – a nifty in-car dashboard attachment that lets you easily control your iPhone without having to look at the phone itself. All users have to do is launch an app on their iPhone, hook up it up with the Next GATE and they’re good to go. Through Clarion’s Next GATE, users can activate Siri, make calls, send texts and emails, get real time traffic updates, as well as stream music through their iPhone. The Clarion Next GATE itself is a 7” LCD touchscreen display which means you won’t have to spend any time staring at your iPhone’s tiny screen when you can accomplish what you need on the big screen – a useful feature especially when you’re driving at the same time.

If you’ve been eyeing one of these devices for awhile we’ve got some good news for you – according to an announcement from Clarion, the Next GATE goes on sale today. You can pick one up from Amazon, Crutchfield and select Best Buy stores for $269.99.

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