Directed Named CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award Honoree for XKLoader3

Vista, CA (January 7, 2014) – Directed today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its XKLoader3 with Directechs Mobile App.

“Our goal was to simplify the aftermarket install process in vehicles using XpressKit OEM integration solutions by merging all install tools into a tablet or smartphone,” said Peter Fazi, Vice President, Business Development & OEM Integration. “When the XKLoader3 Bluetooth device is hooked up to an Xpresskit module in a vehicle and the Directechs mobile app is installed into the user’s smartphone or tablet, the installer gains full XpressKit functionality on their portable device,” he concluded.

This new system merges XpressKit and Directechs together to offer all web functionality in a mobile app. Installers can datalog/debug/flash from anywhere using their smartphone or tablet plus access tech support and RSS feeds. The innovative solution lets the user access vehicle data, debug and troubleshoot by communicating with the XpressKit and DirectWire servers. It also allows installers to get documents and use Key2Go anywhere and anytime.

Mr. Fazi added: “This product represents a radically new way to allow for the aftermarket installation process by utilizing a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Everything one needs is presented clearly through the app for simple diagnostics.”

The small XKLoader3 module communicates with the XpressKit module that is hooked into a vehicle’s CAN bus. Once installed, it relies on the OBDC for power but communicates with the user’s smartphone or tablet using a simple wireless Bluetooth connection. Users simply download the Directechs mobile app to access all XpressKit functionality from their one device. There’s no need to break out a variety of diagnostic tools or wire anything else to the vehicle.

Directed's XKLoader3 with Directechs Mobile App will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 5 in South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay. Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are also featured on CESweb.org/Innovations.

About the Innovations Awards

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
  • Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value
  • Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
  • How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place


About Directed

Directed, recipient of hundreds of technology patents and awards, has been a world leader in automotive electronics. Its products protect and remotely start more vehicles than anyone else on the planet. The Viper brand created the connected car category with the launch of Viper SmartStart in 2009 – the app that lets you start, locate and control your car from virtually anywhere in the world with your smartphone.