Two new after-market multimedia receivers, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, are now being shipped by Kenwood.
The Excelon DDX9902S and DDX9702S were introduced at CES 2015. They are in-car modules for entertainment and information. Users can switch between connecting an iPhone or an Android-based handset, without having to manually change settings or reset the unit. Kenwood says that these receivers are the only models on the market with this functionality.
Connecting a phone turns on voice- recognition and -playback, for controlling audio and entertainment, using Siri or Google Now. Both units feature a 6.95″ display, with resistive touch. They feature Bluetooth connectivity, an MHL-HDMI port and a DVD player, as well as a radio.
The units are available now, for $950 (DDX9902S) and $900 (DDX9702S).
(See the comments from the New York CE week in Ken’s Display Daily on the roll out of this technology.)