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Kenwood Readies Internet-Connected Navigation System

Long Beach, Calif. – Kenwood will go to International CES with two in-dash navigation systems with embedded Wi-Fi to access cloud-based services via a Wi-Fi-equipped smartphone or via a pocket-size mobile Wi-Fi hot spot.

The head units will use Wi-Fi to:

–pull Inrix data such as real-time traffic, weather, parking, speed-camera and travel-advisory information via a Kenwood cloud-based Kenwood gateway server.

–receive, via Kenwood’s cloud-based server, Facebook and Twitter updates, RSS feeds, and personal email for playback using text to speech conversion. Replies can be made via speech-to-text conversion.

— perform a cross-platform media search for audio and video content stored on a connected smartphone, connected hard drive, or connected flash drive as well as search for content through the YouTube and Spotify apps embedded in the head units.

 The head units will also share audio and video content in the car with a Kenwood touchscreen monitor/controller. The hand-held monitor/controller can be mounted on a rear seat to access and control content being transmitted wirelessly from the head unit.

The head units will also monitor a person’s calendar, providing reminders based on the user’s preferences.

 The devices ship sometime in the first quarter. Additional details were unavailable.