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Alpine Launches AVN With Updatable Drive

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

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.