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Kenwood is the next car accessory-maker to jump on the Apple CarPlay bandwagon, announcing at CES 2015 on Tuesday its new DDX9902S receiver.

The DDX9902S will support both CarPlay for iPhone users and Android Auto for Android Phone users – a pretty common theme we’ve been seeing at CES 2015. It features a touchscreen, with the ability to add a rear-view camera and maneuver safely with on-screen parking guide lines, and compatibility with factory steering wheel audio controls.

“We understand that consumers are loyal to the brand or platform of smartphone they use,” Tony Mercado, marketing manager for Kenwood, said. “To that end, we wanted to create a multimedia receiver that doesn’t force the customer to choose based on his or her preferred smartphone.”

CarPlay will work with all Lightning-enabled iPhones (currently the 5, 5C, 5S, 6 / 6 Plus), allowing users to access Siri: Eyes Free mode, Apple Maps, telephone, music, and iMessage from their in-car dash. Right now, Volkswagen is touting MIB II (and subsequently CarPlay) in its Golf automobile.

The DDX9902S also comes with Bluetooth integration for safer phone calls and wireless music pulled from a paired smartphone, and support for Pandora and iHeartRadio. Solutions like what Kenwood offer are great for users who don’t have a newer vehicle that has CarPlay built-in.

Kenwood hasn’t announced pricing or availability for the DDX9902S, but says it will have more details soon.

  • Byron C Mayes

    Looks like they’re going head to head with Pioneer. That means it’ll have to be competitively priced. I’m guessing $600-700 list, $525-650 street.

  • Kevin Osborne

    They need to fire their UI designers that are trapped in the 90s and bring someone newer in. Their graphical interfaces are horrific.

    • I think it looks much better than the lazy-fugly-flat design of iOS 7 and later. I find that more detail in the UI images = better look/feel, but to each their own.

  • BozzyB

    Android Auto or CarPlay – both are a backtrack in the wrong direction in my opinion. It is not up-to-date to connect your smartfone with a cable! I don’t want to bring out my phone every time I enter a car, plug a cable in and search for a save place between gear and handbrake to put it down in hope it won’t slip away next turn.
    Only because iOS is not capable for standalone operation and needs a cable-based connection does not mean you should not run android independant on a Infotainmentsystem in the car. Therefore android has it’s user profile managment and multidevice sync capabilities.
    I don’t give this approch a future in the long term.

    • Benjamin J Schwartz

      You’re nuts. Most new vehicles allow what you’re asking for via Bluetooth. If you want more features and the ability to charge the device in the car then these solutions are great. If it’s a quick ride from a to b then use Bluetooth to stream a tune or two from the device in your pocket. Any longer drive and you’ll want to plug in your device to charge as you head toward your destination. Basically you’re wrong, this is the preferred solution, cable and all.

      • BozzyB

        Stay calm my friend.
        btw. Nonsense. The prefered solution is a standalone system with synced user profile where you log in and have your data, music, maps, contacts etc. (cf. android)