Kenwood is offering a new Internet-ready navigation deck that can work with a Verizon 4G dongle (optional).
With the dongle, whenever the car is on, the new navigation radio can access the Internet without the need for a WiFi hot spot.
When you start the car, the Internet connection to the radio will be immediate, said Kenwood. Initially the device will work only with a Verizon 4G dongle that plugs into a USB port on the radio.
The new 4G-ready radio is the Excelon DNN991HD debuting this week at CES. It also includes built-in WiFi and has HDMI and MHL capability for mirroring and controlling an Android phone or iPhone (including video). MHL is already standard in hundreds of TVs and over 120 smartphone models. (See other Kenwood CES stories).
The DNN991HD also includes Garmin navigation with features like photo-realistic views of highway junctions (as do all 6 of Kenwood’s new navigation decks for 2014). It is expected to ship in March or later at a price to be announced.
The new 4G ready navigation/receiver joins 5 other 2014 Kenwood navigation decks, which all work with Ford Sync, GM and Chrysler vehicles (keeping factory functions) when used with an optional iDataLink Maestro RR module from ADS.
The other new models for 2014 are the Excelon DNX891HD at $0000, Kenwood Excelon DNX691HD at $00000, DNX771HD at $00000, and the DNX571HD,
A fifth model, the DNX570TR is Kenwood’s first unit aimed at trucks. It includes special truck and RV mapping and is slated for sale through expediters and car dealers.