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Monday, July 20, 2015

Apple Adds Kenwood To Its CarPlay Site As The Latest Aftermarket Provider

If you haven't visited Apple's CarPlay page recently, you may not know that Apple has officially included Kenwood as an aftermarket provider of its in-car infotainment technology, CarPlay. The addition comes right after Kenwood's introduction of two head units that offer CarPlay in the aftermarket.

This is what the CarPlay site looks like...

Pioneer Electronics and Alpine Electronics were the first two companies to offer CarPlay (in that order). Kenwood (now JVC Kenwood) becomes the third aftermarket manufacturer to join the list.

Kenwood made the initial announcement of two head units that would offer both, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, back at CES 2015 in January of this year. The two head units are the DDX9902S ($749 on Amazon) and DDX9702S ($699 on Amazon). Both are available for purchase either directly through Kenwood, their affiliate partners or select third-party retailers.

The fourth company expected to join the CarPlay list is Parrot. Like Kenwood, Parrot announced its own RNB6 head unit at CES 2015 which is expected to offer both CarPlay and Android Auto. But no release date for the head unit is available yet.

Source: Apple

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