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JVC Is Bringing Cloud-Based Nav To Its Head Units


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

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 a vehicle is
in motion. The app comes with $20/year

Consumers connect the JVC head
unit to an iPhone via a cable equipped
with two connectors on one end: a USB
connector and a separate composite
analog-video pin, which plugs into a
separate video input on the back panel
of JVC’s A/V head units.

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 additional
navigation information on the docked

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.