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Kenwood Excelon Receivers Now Link Up With Escort Detectors

Displays detection info on touchscreen

Kenwood USA announced its latest Excelon digital multimedia receivers are now compatible with Escort’s iX Ci and Max Ci radar-detection platforms via connection to the new iDatalink Maestro RR2 interface by Automotive Data Solutions (ADS).

The integration enables drivers to receive alerts and adjust settings of the detection system. They are also able to view detection information on the Kenwood display, including vehicle speed and the current location’s speed limit. Alerts play through the vehicle’s front speaker, announcing the specific radar or laser band, current vehicle speed and direction (if rear radar is installed).

The driver can also use the touchscreen to turn off the laser shifter (if equipped) and mark red-light cameras, speed traps and police locations.

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The Maestro RR2 will ship at the end of August and will be available through authorized Kenwood retailers.

The RR2 covers more applications than its predecessor, said Kenwood, with the enhanced ability to connect to multi-network systems in newer vehicles. It adds an extra serial port and audio input for connectivity with the Escort platforms. The system also features wireless configuration via an upcoming smartphone app that will make installation and programming easier, Kenwood said.

The system will be on display at the KnowledgeFest trade show this month, being held Aug. 17-19 at the Dallas Convention Center.