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Kenwood's Aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto Systems Now Shipping

Kenwood today announced that its two aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto systems unveiled at CES 2015 are now shipping to retailers with a suggested price of $900 to $950 each. The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are the only aftermarket units that allow drivers to switch between CarPlay and Android Auto without having to manually change settings or reset the unit.

Kenwood CarPlay
For CarPlay, the aftermarket systems use Siri voice control to provide hands-free access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio, CBS Radio and MLB At Bat. Similarly, Android Auto allows drivers to use Google voice to play and select music, receive directions and hear turn-by-turn navigation, while Google Now cards provide contextual location- and preference-based information at relevant times.

The multimedia receivers serve as in-car entertainment and information systems, with both featuring a 6.95-inch resistive touch display with navigation, a back-up camera view and multiple audio and video options. Both units are also SiriusXM-ready and feature Bluetooth for handsfree phone calls and streaming media playback, built-in HD Radio, an HDMI input with MHL support and DVD playback.

Pioneer announced in late March that its CarPlay and Android Auto aftermarket systems are also available at select retailers in the United States for between $700 and $1,400. The second-generation NEX in-dash multimedia receiver models available include the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX, and the CarPlay-only AVIC-6100NEX and AVIC-5100NEX.

Pioneer CarPlay NEX
In addition to standard CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, including Siri voice control and Google Now contextual information, the aftermarket Pioneer NEX units feature advanced Bluetooth capabilities, an AppRadio mode, MirrorLink compatibility, iDatalink Maestro support, the ability to stream Pandora and SiriusXM, and FLAC file playback.

CarPlay and Android Auto support is also being added to several General Motors vehicle brands this year, including 14 new 2016 Chevrolet models, select 2016 model Cadillacs, excluding the SRX Crossover, and select 2016 Buick and GMC models. Volkswagen is also adding CarPlay support in late 2015.

Related Roundup: CarPlay
Tags: Android Auto, Kenwood, aftermarket


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14 months ago
$1000 for a resistive touch screen. No thanks.
Rating: 12 Votes
14 months ago
I feel like displaying text messages on the screen is a really bad idea....
Rating: 10 Votes
14 months ago
Crazy expensive considering the iPhone does all the processing. There's really very little needed from the hardware itself. All you really need is a screen and chipset that works with CarPlay. Sadly the licensing fee raises the price of things. The current cheapest CarPlay compatible deck is around $450 from Pioneer.
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago
CarPlay prices are still too insane for what they do.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago

I feel like displaying text messages on the screen is a really bad idea....


CarPlay never actually displays message's text, Siri reads it aloud. You'll see a banner notification (and hear an audio cue) that a message has arrived and you can either touch that banner or say "Hey Siri, read my messages." Even when replying via Siri, the text is not displayed on the screen.
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago

I feel like displaying text messages on the screen is a really bad idea....


Siri probably reads incoming messages upon request.



Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago

Siri probably reads incoming messages upon request.

Lol, that slogan is funny when you think about it. Try explaining to someone 5 years ago why it doesn't just make more sense to call the person.

Reading and writing is now listening and dictating...yeah that's called a phone call. Why didn't anyone think of it sooner? :D
Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago

I feel like displaying text messages on the screen is a really bad idea....


Which is probably why it doesn’t do that – it reads them and doesn’t display them. Also, in case you were wondering, you speak replies, you don’t type them.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago
Pricey? Yeah. But not as pricey as dealers charge for their infotainment options (think Toyota Entune). If I could pay $1000 to get this instead of Toyota's option in my new Prius, I would pay it without batting an eye.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago
Thank god this appears to be the beginning of the end for proprietary car stereo and navigation systems. None of them work the same way and almost all of them suck. Will be nice to be able to view the same apps in your car that you have on your phone.
Rating: 3 Votes

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