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Alpine Launches AVN With Updatable Drive

10/31/2008 10:50:00 AM Eastern

Torrance, Calif. — Alpine Electronics announced a new all-in-one audio/video and navigation in-dash unit with a removable navigation cartridge.

The double DIN IVA-W203/P1 resembles a typical double DIN AV/navigation head unit with a 6.5-inch

Alpine's IVA-W203/P1

The IVA-W203/P1 has a removable navigation drive for map and other updates.

QVGA touch screen display, but it opens to allow the “navigation drive” to be removed to receive updates for maps, operating software and Bluetooth software, said a spokesperson.

The unit provides Bluetooth hands free calling and can control an iPod when the system is used with an optional cable. It plays back DVDs, and is HD Radio- and satellite radio ready when used with adapters. Navigation capabilities include text-to-speech pronunciation of street names, and preloaded maps of the full U.S. and Canada including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The IVA-W203/P1 is shipping at a suggested retail price of $1,200.

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