CES 2015: Kenwood and Pioneer Announce Aftermarket Receivers With CarPlay Integration

Apple's CarPlay technology continues its expansion with both Kenwood and Pioneer announcing new CarPlay receivers at CES 2015. Kenwood and Pioneer's releases follow earlier CarPlay announcements from automobile manufacturer Volkswagen and car audio accessory maker Parrot.

Following statements from early last year that it was "looking at" CarPlay, Kenwood today announced its first car audio receiver that includes Apple's CarPlay technology. For iOS owners, the DDX9902S features Siri integration that allows the driver to respond to messages, control music playback, and access Apple Maps for navigation.

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Other receiver features include the ability to add an optional rear view camera, support for a SiriusXM tuner, and compatibility with factory steering wheel audio controls. In order to appeal to a wide range of smartphone owners, the touchscreen-enabled DDX9902S also offers support for Android Auto. Pricing and availability for the DDX9902S are not yet available.

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While Kenwood is preparing its first CarPlay receiver, early adopter Pioneer today announced its second-generation Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash receivers with CarPlay support. All five models feature Bluetooth connectivity and are Sirius XM-Ready, with the top of the line model carrying a capacitive WXGA display while the remaining member of the family offer resistive displays.

The new receivers will be available starting in March with list pricing starting at $700 for the AVH-4100NEX. Other models include the AVIC-8100NEX ($1,400 SRP), AVIC-7100NEX ($1,200 SRP), AVIC-6100NEX ($900 SRP), and AVIC-5100NEX ($750 SRP).

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