Kahu by Spireon  

16802 Aston
Irvine,  CA 
United States
800-557-1449
http://www.spireon.com
  • Booth: 6439W


Connected Car and SVR technology.

Kahu® is Connected Car and Stolen Vehicle Recovery technology built for car dealers and their customers. Designed to make any car a smart car, regardless of make, model or year, Kahu provides real-time visibility and rich data insights to benefit every part of the dealership.

  • For dealers, Kahu helps improve lot management, grow customer retention, aid operational efficiency, and add profit.

  • For consumers, Kahu helps keep vehicles and loved-ones safe with 24x7 location monitoring and alerts for speeding, while providing a stolen-vehicle-recovery service with an average recovery time of 26 minutes.


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  • Spireon Showcases the Power of Connected Cars for Dealerships and Consumers at NADA 2018

    Kahu redefines vehicle telematics with advanced dealer analytics, enterprise group management and consumer mobile engagement to drive loyalty and profit for dealers

    LAS VEGAS, March 22, 2018 — Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, will showcase new enhancements to its Kahu®connected dealer solution at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Expo in Las Vegas, March 23–25, 2018. Kahu redefines vehicle telematics by focusing on the needs of the dealership, adding new features to optimize performance, such as advanced inventory and test-drive analytics, enterprise management for dealer groups, and an enhanced consumer mobile app for increasing customer loyalty and add-on revenue.  

    “With Kahu, dealers can move from a transactional, low-margin sales model to a high-value, customer experience–driven model that increases profitability and loyalty. For the first time, dealers can take advantage of connected vehicle data to optimize every facet of their operation: from lot management to service retention, from test drives to audits, from sales to CSI scores,” said Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management at Spireon. “The new Kahu features we’re introducing at NADA deliver critical insights to inform and improve dealer operations, sales effectiveness, customer service and much more.”

    Kahu connects any vehicle to Spireon’s cloud-based management platform, arming dealers with nationwide vehicle visibility and actionable data to improve inventory management, enhance customer service and drive sales. The Kahu dealer app locates vehicles on any lot — or out for test drive — and makes it easy to put buyers into the right vehicle at the right time. Standard features like geofencing, speed alerts, battery management and stolen vehicle recovery mitigate risk for dealers, and make Kahu a profitable add-on when sold through to consumers. Dealers can also utilize actual mileage data from customer vehicles post-sale to target them for service, lease renewals, trade-ins, etc.

    In the new release of Kahu, Spireon adds the following features to the solution: 

    • Dealer Analytics — Dealers have access to unprecedented insight into test-drive activity, inventory mix and aging inventory compared to industry benchmarks. Analytics data enables dealers to align vehicle inventory and test drives with customer demand and promotions to optimize lot placement and sales.

      

    • Enterprise Management — Large dealer groups can access multi-dealer views to see inventory and performance metrics across multiple locations, both individually and in aggregate. This feature provides vehicle search across dealerships to optimize sales opportunities and view comparative performance analytics against industry benchmarks.
       
    • Enhanced Consumer App — Kahu now includes trip history along with detailed records of geofence, speed and battery alerts.  

    • Streamlined Stolen Vehicle Recovery— New Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) integration simplifies and accelerates filing a police report for stolen vehicles, increasing priority in law enforcement queues, and connecting the dealer or consumer to law enforcement nearest the vehicle for rapid recovery.
       
    • Kahu K10000 Theft Warranty — Standard coverage of $10,000 per vehicle is offered if a car is stolen and not recovered within 30 days, reducing risk for both dealers and consumers.

    As a risk mitigation solution, Kahu protects dealer inventory with geofencing, alerts for after-hours movement and the ability to pinpoint car location within 4 feet. Since launch at NADA 2017, Kahu has already helped dealers nationwide recover more than $1.2 million in stolen vehicles, with an average recovery time of 26 minutes. 

    Kahu is also proven to help dealers increase sales by immediately locating the right vehicle for customers, using a variety of factors including trim, aging, affordability and availability. Kahu dealers report finding cars within five minutes using the Kahu app, when previously it took 30 minutes or more to find a car, often driving buyers away. As a result, Kahu reduces wait time for customers by 40 minutes on average, streamlining the buying experience and improving CSI scores. 

    “We sell anywhere between 400 and 500 cars per month, and need to be as efficient as possible,” said Matt Asanovich, sales director at Precision Toyota in Tucson, Arizona. “With three additional offsite lots, it was previously very challenging to find specific vehicles to show to customers, and this made us look unprofessional and disorganized. When we introduced Kahu to the sales staff, there was an actual sigh of relief. Time is everything; the quicker you can get the customer in a car, the better, and Kahu saves us at least 35–40 minutes with each customer interaction.” 

    To see a demonstration of Kahu at NADA, visit Spireon’s booth, #5402C, near the Northeast Concourse entrance of the exhibit hall. 

    To learn more about Kahu, visit www.spireon.com/kahu.

                                                                                                   

    About Spireon

    Spireon, Inc. is North America’s leading connected vehicle intelligence company, providing businesses and consumers with powerful insights to track, manage and protect their most valuable mobile assets. The award-winning Spireon NSpire platform supports nearly 4 million active subscribers across the company’s growing suite of products for new and used car dealers, lenders and financial institutions, rental car agencies, commercial and local fleet operators, and consumers. Learn more at www.spireon.com

    For more information, contact

    Emily Lynn Ashley
    Havas Formula for Spireon

    Spireon@HavasFormula.com
    619-234-0345

  • Spireon’s Kahu Named 2018 IoT Innovator in Auto Dealer Management by Compass Intelligence

    Kahu connected car solution recognized for empowering dealers with vehicle telematics data and analytics to increase operational efficiency, customer loyalty and profitability  

    IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 4, 2018—Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, was named Internet of Things (IoT) Innovator in Auto Dealer Management by Compass Intelligence for 2018. Spireon was chosen for its leadership in providing new insights to dealers via automotive analytics to enhance dealer operations, customer engagement and profitability with its innovative Kahu offering—the first connected car solution specifically designed for dealerships. The awards comprise 20 IoT innovation categories and are voted on by a team of over 30 independent analysts, editors, consultants and advisors. 

    Spireon’s Kahu solution connects any vehicle to Spireon’s cloud-based NSpire IoT platform, empowering dealers nationwide with vehicle visibility and actionable data analytics to manage inventory, enrich the consumer purchasing experience, and increase customer loyalty. Standard features like geofencing, speed alerts, battery management and stolen vehicle recovery mitigate risk for dealers and make Kahu a profitable add-on when sold through to consumers. Dealers can also utilize mileage data from customer vehicles post-sale to realize new revenue streams, as they’re able to identify and target them for servicing, lease renewals and trade-ins. 

    “We are honored to receive this recognition from Compass Intelligence as an innovator in delivering new insights and analytics to improve dealer management with Kahu,” said Jason Penkethman, chief product and strategy officer of Spireon. “The rapid growth of Kahu across the country, specifically with the largest dealer groups, is a true testament to Spireon’s commitment to advancing the automotive IoT industry with powerful and practical vehicle intelligence solutions.”

    Kahu includes a GPS device and mobile apps for both dealers and their customers. The solution provides these features and benefits to dealers:

    • Lot Management—Dealers can easily manage inventory, track specific vehicle location, and see low battery indicators using a mobile phone or tablet, streamlining operations and creating a better buying experience for consumers. Virtual geofences and after-hours alerts allow dealers to identify and recover stolen vehicles within minutes. 
    • Dealer Analytics — Dealers have access to unprecedented insight into test-drive activity, inventory mix and aging inventory compared to industry benchmarks. Analytics data enables dealers to align vehicle inventory and test drives with customer demand and promotions to optimize lot placement and sales.
    • F&I Profit Center—Kahu offers dealers a high value add-on for consumers who seek peace of mind with a next generation vehicle recovery service and easy-to-use mobile features. From 24/7 vehicle location visibility, so consumers can track their vehicle and family at all times, to smart alerts for speeding and low battery, Kahu is an attractive add-on that safeguards consumers while driving dealer profit.
    • Customer Loyalty—Kahu uses GPS-based mileage tracking to improve the accuracy of service reminders and increase service retention. Consumers benefit by being able to maximize warranty protection and ensure recommended service intervals are maintained.

    This award, bestowed on behalf of Compass Intelligence, adds to Spireon’s corporate accolades in 2018, which include: IoT Vehicle Telematics Company of the Year in the 2018 Compass Intelligence Awards, a Silver award in the 2018 Stevie®Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and a Silver for New Product or Service of the Year in the 2018 American Business Awards, awarded to Spireon’s NSpire IoT platform.

    Kahu will be showcased this month at the Digital Dealer Conference & Expo, booth #523, and Driving Sales Executive Summit (DSES), both in Las Vegas. Additionally, Carla Fitzgerald, Spireon’s chief marketing officer, will present at DSES on the next generation automotive customer lifecycle, and how connectivity is transforming the buying experience for consumers and dealers. To book a demonstration at either event, please see:https://pages.spireon.com/kahu-vehicle-intelligence

    To learn more about Kahu features, visit https://www.spireon.com/kahu/. Additional information about Spireon’s other award-winning products can be found at https://www.spireon.com/news-and-events/spireon-awards/

    About Spireon

    Spireon, Inc. is North America’s leading connected vehicle intelligence company, providing businesses and consumers with powerful insights to track, manage and protect their most valuable mobile assets. The award-winning Spireon NSpire platform supports nearly 4 million active subscribers across the company’s growing suite of products for new and used car dealers, lenders and financial institutions, rental car agencies, commercial and local fleet operators, and consumers. Learn more at www.spireon.com.   

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    For more information, contact

    Miranda Lyle
    Havas Formula for Spireon

    Spireon@HavasFormula.com
    619-234-0345

  • Spireon Announces New Kahu Enhancements Designed for Auto Dealer Groups 

    Latest Features Help Multi-Store Dealers Improve Inventory Management, Facilitate Trades and Increase Visibility to On-Lot and Off-Lot Activity

    IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 18, 2018—Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, is adding several enhancements to its Kahuconnected car solution, designed to provide automotive dealer groups with the tools they need to optimize operations, improve sales results and mitigate risk. New features include streamlined portfolio and inventory management, account transfer for seamless dealer trades, mobile views of inventory age, new test drive analytics, and more. 

    Kahu turns any vehicle into a connected car, empowering dealers to view and manage vehicles from their desktop, tablet or smartphone. Standard lot management features like real-time location tracking, geofencing and battery management streamline operations and improve sales efficiency. Stolen vehicle recovery mitigates risk for dealers and makes Kahu a profitable add-on when sold through to consumers. Dealers can also utilize mileage data from customer vehicles post-sale to better target them for servicing, lease renewals and trade-ins. 

    New enhancements to Kahu include: 

    • Centralized Portfolio Management—Multi-store dealer groups can now view inventory, vehicle location, battery health, test drive data and more, for all stores from a single login. 
    • Simple Inventory Transfers—Dealers can easily transfer Kahu vehicles between stores, seamlessly executing dealer trades.
    • Enhanced Mobile Views—Improved user interface and added detail on individual vehicles boost operational and sales efficiency. iPhone users will also gain updated maps with more accurate satellite views to inform walking directions and easily locate vehicles for test drives.
    • In-App Inventory Aging—To help dealers move inventory quickly and optimize inventory turnover, the Kahu Dealer app now identifies vehicle age along with trim details so the sales team knows which vehicles to move first.
    • New Analytics Dashboard and Reports—Unique insight into test drives, inventory mix, aging and other vehicle data helps dealers optimize inventory and pricing based on consumer interest. The new dashboard provides flexibility to filter by make, model, color, and trim, while automated reporting provides proactive insights without the need to login to the portal each time. 
    • Dedicated Recovery Hotline—Kahu helps dealers nationwide to recover vehicles with an average recovery time of 26 minutes. With a new dedicated recovery hotline, dealers are further protected from losses and downtime due to theft, recovery and reconditioning costs.
    • Expanded DMS Integration – Kahu now supports 80 percent of the franchise dealer market through integration with Reynolds & Reynolds and CDK Dealer Management Systems, simplifying the integration of Kahu into dealer operations and streamlining consumer onboarding to Kahu.

    In December of 2017, Kahu was named New Product of the Year in the automotive enterprise category of Business Intelligence Group’s 2017 BIG Awards for Business.  In May of this year, Spireon was named IoT Vehicle Telematics Company of the Year in the 2018 Compass Intelligence awards. In addition to award winning technology, Kahu customers also benefit from Spireon's white glove customer service, which has earned the company four awards in the past 15 months, and a recent Net Promoter Score of 71.

    “While U.S. auto sales have remained steady in 2018, the market continues to consolidate as dealer groups seek greater efficiencies and new opportunities to grow profits,” said Sunil Marolia, vice president of product management for Spireon. “And although the latest release of Kahu has been enhanced for dealer groups, independent dealers can also benefit from the streamlined operations, increased sales effectiveness, reduced risk, and increased customer loyalty generated by Kahu. Once dealers have the power of Kahu driving their business, they can’t imagine running it any other way.” 

    To learn more about Kahu, please visit: https://www.spireon.com/kahu

    Kahu is only available through automotive dealerships. Dealers interested in selling Kahu can inquire here: https://www.spireon.com/kahu#becomedealer

    About Spireon

    Spireon, Inc. is North America’s leading connected vehicle intelligence company, providing businesses and consumers with powerful insights to track, manage and protect their most valuable mobile assets. The award-winning Spireon NSpire platform supports nearly 4 million active subscribers across the company’s growing suite of products for new and used car dealers, lenders and financial institutions, rental car agencies, commercial and local fleet operators, and consumers. Learn more at www.spireon.com. 

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    Miranda Lyle

    Havas Formula for Spireon

    Spireon@HavasFormula.com
    619-234-0345

  • Spireon Secures U.S. Patent for Vehicle Inventory Management Technology

    Company now counts 30 patents in its portfolio, with latest patent covering Kahu connected car solution for dealers

     

    IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 27, 2018—The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Spireon, the vehicle intelligence company, a patent for its technology approach to managing an automotive dealership’s vehicle inventory by pairing a tracking device to a vehicle. Patent number 10,089,598, “Methods and Apparatus for Monitoring and Control of Electronic Devices,” covers the technology used in Kahu, Spireon’s connected car solution built for dealers. This is the 30thpatent secured by Spireon for advanced connected vehicle technologies. 

    “As a technology leader, our intellectual property is critically important to protect, not just for Spireon but also for the many customers who rely on our solutions to run their businesses,” said Kevin Weiss, Spireon CEO. “With this patent, dealers and dealer groups who choose Kahu can be assured they are getting leading-edge technology from an innovative company who will be a long-term partner.”

    Kahu’s patented technology allows franchise auto dealers to improve operational efficiency, sales effectiveness, service retention and customer satisfaction scores. By connecting vehicles to Spireon’s award-winning NSpire platform, Kahu gives dealers and dealer groups the visibility they need to effectively manage lots, service customers and improve the bottom line. Specific use cases supported by the patented technology include:

    • Providing location and battery health information for every vehicle across one or more dealerships, including monitoring and reporting of vehicles with low battery charge
    • The ability to search and find vehicles using a partial vehicle identification number (VIN), across multiple dealer inventories
    • Managing low power behavior of a device 
    • Device tamper detection and disconnected battery alerts 
    • Managing lifecycle and inventory of tracking devices
    • Integration with a Dealer Management System (DMS) to transfer a device from a dealer to a consumer account

    “Innovation, coupled with reliability, ease of use and a flexible architecture to evolve as our customers’ needs change, is what sets Spireon apart,” said Rick Gruenhagen, chief technology officer at Spireon. “We’re extremely proud of our growing patent portfolio, which also includes 16 pending patent applications, as it demonstrates our team’s focus on bringing cutting edge solutions to every market we serve.” 

    To see the full list of Spireon’s patented products, please visit: https://www.spireon.com/spireon-patents/.

    To learn more about Kahu, visit: https://www.spireon.com/kahu/

    About Spireon

    Spireon, Inc. is North America’s leading connected vehicle intelligence company, providing businesses and consumers with powerful insights to track, manage and protect their most valuable mobile assets. The award-winning Spireon NSpire platform supports nearly 4 million active subscribers across the company’s growing suite of products for new and used car dealers, lenders and financial institutions, rental car agencies, commercial and local fleet operators, and consumers. Learn more at www.spireon.com. 

    For more information, contact

    Miranda Lyle

    Havas Formula for Spireon

    Spireon@HavasFormula.com
    619-234-0345


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