Kenwood is expanding its ability to work with an iDataLink module to provide seamless installation in cars with factory radios that are difficult to replace.
In 2012, Kenwood teamed with iDataLink to permit its radios to replace a Ford Sync radio while retaining Sync features.
This year, an iDataLink Maestro RR will work with 5 Kenwood DNX receivers to also replace GM OnStar-equipped radios. And they are now able to replicate the car’s climate controls on the car radio screen so Kenwood provides touch screen climate control.
Additionally, some Kenwood radios will now monitor tire pressure, coolant temperature and RPM.
GM capability should be added to the iDataLink Maestro RR in mid-year, with Chrysler Uconnect capability to follow.
“This is a huge business opportunity for Kenwood dealers to sell and install any of our new 2013 DNX-prefix in-dash navigation products and retain command and control over factory-installed Sync features such as satellite radio, Bluetooth hands free and audio streaming, vehicle integrated microphone, Sync voice control, steering wheel controls and media players using the factory USB connection. New for 2013 is a dedicated iDatalink Maestro RR port on all five new DNX AVN receivers, allowing for an easy upgrade to aftermarket SiriusXM satellite radio as needed,” said Kenwood’s Keith Lehmann.