RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Furrion Introduces AI Virtual Concierge

Tue Jan 8, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

154696625670489.jpgFurrion unveils Angel, a virtual concierge that uses artificial intelligence and is a digital service
that enhances comfort, builds connectivity and enriches RV users’ lifestyles. For example, as users travel, Angel can act as a travel concierge to research locations and help plan itineraries, schedule restaurants or campground visits, book tickets for local attractions, give directions and recommend points of interest. Everything Angel is monitoring can be viewed and controlled through a Furrion touchpad smart remote.

Angel can send requests to a venue’s kitchen, including reminding them of dietary restrictions that go along with a user’s established profile and can order groceries or supplies that might be needed. The AI also can deliver the news and weather and control morning playlists. Angel uses facial recognition to learn each user’s personal preferences and provide an added security benefit, as Angel is able to know who is present and adjust the environment to their preferences.

Learning user preferences helps Angel suggest things users may like, whether a new activity at a destination, a new restaurant or perhaps a new outfit as Angel learns sizes and recommends outfits from your favorite retailer

In addition to being a virtual concierge, Angel can control the majority of electronics in an environment, including lights, blinds, media and climate. The AI learns users’ habits and makes suggestions to the program. Angel learns and recognizes the sound of individual users’ voices to tailor the environmental preferences. The system also delivers notifications, calls, messages and reminders.

“It is incredible to see our vision, Angel, be a reality here at CES,” Furrion Chief Marketing Officer Matt Fidler says. “Furrion has long pushed the boundaries of innovation and we are proud to give consumers an always-present assistant that keeps their data secure while helping them enjoy their journey. We know that sometimes the best adventures require getting off the grid, which is why Angel was created to always be there to assist regardless of their Internet connection.”