Cypress, Calif. – JVC Mobile Entertainment
plans March shipments of its first two head units that control Clear Channel’s
iHeartradio app on USB-connected iPhones.
Both models, shown at International CES, are
double-DIN A/V-navigation units with embedded HD Radio, iTunes tagging,
6.1-inch touchscreen display, hands-free and stereo Bluetooth, detachable
faceplate and iPod/iPhone external mode. Both are also the company’s first two
head units with HD Radio Artist Experience feature, which displays images
transmitted by select HD Radio stations. Images could include album art,
artist-related images, promotional images, and station logos.
The two head units are the $1,199-suggested
KW-NT50HDT and $999 KW-NT30HD.
From a connected iPhone, the iHeartradio app
streams content from Clear Channel’s 750 terrestrial radio stations, plus
Internet-only channels, to an iPhone via cellular. From the navigation units
and from the iPhone itself, users can view song and artist information, view high-resolution
album artwork, and control channel up/down.
For the top-end A/V-nav unit, the app also
delivers Clear Channel’s Total Traffic and News (TTN) data service via cellular
in areas where the HD Radio-delivered TTN service is unavailable. Via HD Radio,
TTN delivers traffic data to the KW-NT50HDT 10 times faster than Clear
Channels’ RDS-based RDS-TMC service. TTN also adds the ability to deliver
sports, news, and weather data.
The top-end nav unit also features dual HD
tuners, letting users listen to an HD Radio station at the same time they’re
receiving traffic information via HD Radio.
The head units’
iPod/iPhone external mode delivers the sound of any app, including Internet
radio apps, to the car’s sound system via USB cable. Unlike the iHeartradio
app, however, those apps cannot be controlled from the head unit.
An optional cable lets iPod/iPhone users
display stored video on the navigation units.
Navigation features include maps of all 50
states, Canada, and Puerto Rico, high-sensitivity WAAS-enabled GPS, more than 6
million points of interest, and quick startup in less than 15 seconds. Other
useful features include magnified view, Lane Guide, Speed Limit Display and Speed
Hard keys are also available on the frame for
instant access to frequently used functions.
Adaptive volume adjusts volume levels
according to car speed for navigation and music.