CES 2017 has officially kicked into full gear ahead of the show opening to the public this weekend, and today we get a look at the latest aftermarket in-dash entertainment systems that support the Android Auto platform. Announcements at the show include new products from JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Alpine. Head below for all the details.
Alpine is introducing Android Auto updates for three of its in-dash displays including the 8-inch Alpine Restyle X208U audio/video/navigation (AVN) system, the 7-inch INE-W977HD AVN system and the iLX-207 audio/video (AV) system.
Alpine is also showing off a new 7-inch in-dash receiver with CarPlay support dubbed iLX-107. It features a WVGA capacitive touchscreen and LED backlighting, but mostly notably appears to be one of the first units officially available with wireless CarPlay support, meaning users aren’t required to make a physical connection with a cable. That’s something the other products on this list don’t have for CarPlay or Android Auto, but Alpine only mentions CarPlay support in its press release. You’ll also find three (2V) preouts, one aux input, and support for rearview cameras. It will be available in February for $900.
JVC’s new KW-M730BT in-dash unit with Android Auto features a 6.8-inch clear resistive touch panel, a wireless remote control (sold separate), SiriusXM, support for rear-view cameras, Bluetooth, CarPlay, a 13-band equalizer, and 192kHz /24-bit Hi-Res Audio and FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) support. The company notes “a virtual viewing adjustment feature that offsets angled installations by digitally changing the viewing angle so it appears straight to the driver.” It’s coming in February for $500. No mention of wireless support.
Kenwood is showing off a new aftermarket Android Auto unit at CES this week called “DMX7704S”. In addition to Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay, it features a clear resistive display panel, SiriusXM satellite radio (tuner sold separately), Bluetooth, a built-in 13-band equalizer and digital time alignment, and it supports the KENWOOD Remote iPhone app and KENWOOD DRV-N520 Dashboard Camera support. Like JVC, the company also notes a feature it calls Electronic Viewing Angle Adjustment that uses a “video algorithm to visually manipulate the display to offset the installation angle. It will be available for $500 in February.
And lastly, Pioneer is announcing new bundles for its popular NEX aftermarket Android Auto displays that will see them sold together with a new ND-BC8 universal fit rearview camera. The new bundles will include the following CarPlay-enabled units and pricing: $1,300 (AVIC-8201NEX), $1,100 (AVIC-7201NEX), $900 (AVIC-6201NEX), and $700 (AVH-4201NEX).