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CES 2011: JVC Brings Cloud-Based Nav To Car A/V Heads

1/07/2011 04:40:00 PM Eastern

Las Vegas - JVC Mobile has devised a way to turn lower priced car A/V head units into more expensive navigation systems.

 Full Power has
upgraded its Motion X cloud-based iPhone navigation app to display maps and
turn-by-turn driving instructions  with
voice prompts on JVC's large-screen A/V units while the vehicle is in motion.
The app comes with $20/year subscription.

Consumers connect the JVC head unit to an iPhone via a USB
cable that also sends composite video from the iPhone to a separate video input
on the head unit's back panel.

 The app has been upgraded
to automatically recognize JVC head units and reformat maps and other
information for display on the larger screens.  The upgraded app also lets drivers select maps
for display on the head unit's screen and simultaneously display separate
navigation information on the docked iPhone.

The app works with JVC A/V head units priced at an everyday
$449, $499, and $599 compared to JVC's opening-price nav system at $899.

 Although the iPhone
must be in cellular range to download maps and driving instructions, the app
will continue to provide directions even if cellular signal is later lost, JVC
said. The app will also reroute drivers if they go off course after losing
cellular signal.

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