Kenwood Compatibility with Ford Sync Now Official

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A module that permits Kenwood retail car radios to work with Ford SYNC systems is now shipping.

The iDatalink Maestro RR from Automotive Data Solutions is a $169.00 module that allows 5 Kenwood in-dash radios to communicate with Ford’s SYNC network.  Drivers can now swap a factory SYNC radio with a Kenwood model and still retain SYNC’s voice control, as well as satellite radio and Bluetooth handsfree calling and audio streaming.

Kenwood and iDatalinkThe Kenwood touchscreen radios also work with the factory steeringwheel controls for Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SYNC systems.  (A car-specific quick-connect T-harness is also required).

“Today, there are millions of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles on the road in the U.S. that are equipped with a SYNC system, and a quick search of online customer reviews shows that there are many who dislike the factory SYNC system for a number of reasons,” said Kenwood Senior VP of Consumer Electronics Keith Lehmann.

He added,  “Kenwood dealers will be able to offer an elegant radio replacement solution that millions of potential consumers will immediately understand and embrace.  Kenwood is the first brand to offer iDatalink Maestro RR compatibility, giving Kenwood dealers an advanced integration solution that is currently not available with any other aftermarket brand.”

All of Kenwood’s 2012 DVD/navigation radios will work with the new iDatalink’s Maestro RR module.  These include the Kenwood DNX9990HD, DNX7190HD, DNX6990HD, DNX6190HD and DNX5190.

Additionally, Kenwood and ADS will promote the systems online.   They are targeting Ford Mustang and truck owners through advertising on selected web forums beginning in August and running through the summer.   These forums generate over 100,000 impressions per month.

The ADS iDatalink Maestro RR module connects to a Web portal and obtains vehicle-specific firmware so the  module can connect to the car’s data network and communicate between the SYNC module and the Kenwood head unit.   A vehicle-specific T-harness allows a quick connection to the car’s bus system.

More information about the iDatalink Maestro RR interface system can be found at http://www.idatalink.com/maestro.

Source: Kenwood USA

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