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Kenwood Ships CarPlay
Jun 30, 2015

Kenwood is shipping its first CarPlay/Android Auto ready car radios at suggested retail prices of $900-$950.

With the launch of the new radios, Kenwood becomes the second aftermarket supplier to offer both CarPlay and Android Auto and the third supplier to offer CarPlay.

Kenwood claims the new Excelon DDX9902S and Kenwood DDX9702S are the only models available that let drivers switch between an iPhone or Android phone without requiring they manually change the settings in the radio, or reset the radio.

Once a smartphone is plugged in, voice recognition—either Siri or Google voice—become the main way to control music, maps, navigation and more.

Both the new radios are double DIN models with a near 7-inch resistive touch display with backup camera capability (camera sold separately). Each also includes an HDMI port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, MHL support and DVD playback. They are also SiriusXM ready and have native control of Pandora and iHeartRadio.

Kenwood Marketing Manager Tony Mercado said, “Today we are delivering both [CarPlay and Android Auto] 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.”

these guys are great! i purchased 2008 Porsche 911 and wanted to install a circuit so I could use my iPhone through the existing audio system. From the first conversation Michael was attentive and went the extra mile to ensure they could first do the installation. He called me back that same day with the answer and we scheduled the appointment for the installation. I arrived and Michael had all of the necessary parts on the counter and they started the work immediately. It has worked perfectly! I highly recommend CarTunes!!

Posted By: greg kasel

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