Kenwood has begun shipping the new DDX9902S and DDX9702S aftermarket Apple CarPlay receivers to retailers. The company previously unveiled the new products at CES 2015.
The new receivers support both Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay, depending on your preference and connected smartphone. Should you happen to connect an iPhone the system will change to CarPlay, switching to Android Auto if an Android smartphone is detected. A really neat feature for families that own different smartphones running on the two operating systems.
"With Android Auto, Google voice actions let drivers and passengers play music selections, get driving directions and hear turn-by-turn navigation, while informative Google Now cards highlight location- and preference-aware information at the right time."
Both units also feature built-in HD Radio, an HDMI input with MHL support, and DVD playback, just in case you required even more ways to connect peripherals to your vehicle. With Kenwood shipping to retailers, you can expect to have these units available before the summer really kicks off.
See the press release below for more details.
KENWOOD Ships Multimedia Receivers With Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
Highly anticipated DDX9902S and DDX9702S provide safer driving experience with voice-centric interface
LONG BEACH, CA – June 24, 2015 (MEDIAWIRE) – At the 2015 International CES, KENWOOD introduced the two multimedia units that would serve as flagships for its KENWOOD and KENWOOD Excelon lines. The units are not only considered topline models because of their feature sets, but also because of their "future" sets; namely, the inclusion of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Today, the maker of premium entertainment systems for the automotive environment announced that the KENWOOD Excelon DDX9902S and KENWOOD DDX9702S are shipping to retailers, with suggested MSRPs of $950.00 and $900.00, respectively.
The DDX9902S and DDX9702S are currently the only aftermarket receivers equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that allow users to switch between connecting an iPhone® or Android™-based phone without having to manually change settings or reset the unit. This enables multiple drivers of the same vehicle to plug in the phone of their choice and enjoy their entertainment options and driver-centric apps.
Once a smartphone is plugged in, voice recognition and voice playback become the primary means of controlling audio and entertainment from the smartphone. With Apple CarPlay, Siri enables users to control, read and reply to messages and more by simply speaking, and provides access to music, podcasts, and Apple Maps for full-featured, voice-controlled navigation. With Android Auto, Google voice actions let drivers and passengers play music selections, get driving directions and hear turn-by-turn navigation, while informative Google Now cards highlight location- and preference-aware information at the right time.
The two double-DIN DDX units are designed to be the center of a vehicle's entertainment and information system. A large, 6.95-inch resistive touch display puts navigation, back-up camera view (camera required, sold separately), and a wealth of audio / video entertainment options at the driver's fingertips. Each is equipped with Bluetooth technology to enable handsfree phone conversations as well as playback of streaming media from a Bluetooth-enabled phone or media device.
Both units also feature built-in HD Radio, an HDMI input with MHL support, and DVD playback. They are also SiriusXM-Ready, connecting to the latest SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner featuring enhanced functionality such as album art, TuneStart and TuneScan (sold separately, subscription required). In addition, native control of Pandora and iHeartRadio provide an integrated entertainment interface when using a connected smartphone.
"We are excited to have these units available to consumers in time for summer," said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for KENWOOD's car electronics division. "Smartphone users have heard about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the media, and how as many as 40 models of 2016 and 2017 vehicles will come equipped with one or the other. Today we are delivering both in a single chassis, well before most automakers. Combined with our years of automotive electronics know-how, we are delivering a premium, safe smartphone experience in the vehicle."
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