When it comes to bringing smartphone interaction to a vehicle, without the risk of a fender bender, CarPlay and Android Auto are the way to go so far. The only problem is that even though these services were launched a year ago, it took for ever for car makers to adopt them, and it would force you to buy a new car if you wanted some love. Lucky for us Pioneer and Kenwood gave us an affordable alternative, and one of the options goes live today.
The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are both shipping to stores and customers today, and what made them stand apart from Pioneer’s offerings, is that this is the first solution that offers dual support for either CarPlay or Android Auto. It’s the least that Kenwood can do though, given these systems are priced at $900 and $950 respectively, but there is a lot of logic to the price tag beyond smartphone platforms. Both systems offer 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. Yes, all that even include the option for either Siri or Google Now as well, once your respective smartphone is connected.
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