Five new Pioneer Electronics NEX decks will work with two K40 radar detectors, when used with an optional iDatalink Maestro RR module.
The new radios will work with the K40 RL360di – front and rear radar detection system, along with the K40 RL200di – front radar detection system. They include Pioneer’s new 9- and 10-inch floating radios as well as two new 6.8 inch double DIN models, all with Alexa built-in, which were introduced at CES last week.
Pioneer did not reveal any specifics and iDatalink did not respond to our inquiry, so we can’t state how the Pioneer radios will control the radar detectors.
Kenwood and JVC radios were the first in the aftermarket to work with K40, also using the iDatalink interface (and Kenwood also works with ESCORT detectors). In Kenwood’s case, the radios display K40 radar alerts on the radio screen and they show the radar source location and the radar band and signal strength as well as vehicle speed in real time. The radios also offer touch screen control of K40 functions including one touch K40 Laser Defuser shutdown and steering wheel control options.
Regarding the new collaboration with Pioneer, K40’s Lynette Tomlinson said, “We are very excited about this collaboration and look forward to allowing our customers to integrate with select Pioneer receivers in the future. The ability to integrate with select Kenwood/JVC receivers has been a huge success and we will continue to work towards even more integration options for our customers. “
There is no firm date on when the K40 feature will be officially unlocked but K40 said it will be “in the near future.” The Pioneer decks ship in March.
The five new Pioneer decks that are K40-ready are all-wireless with wireless CarPlay and Android Auto wireless as well as Alexa-control built in. They include:
- DMH-WT8600NEX (10.1 inch) / DMH-WT7600NEX (9 inch): Models feature an all-new floating display configuration, allowing a large display to be installed using a universal 1-DIN chassis. The floating screen offers horizontal, vertical and tilt adjustability. The DMH-WT8600NEX has a suggested price of $1,200, and the DMH-WT7600NEX has a suggested price of $1,000.
- DMH-WC6600NEX (9 inch): This model joins Pioneer’s lineup of modular solutions in-dash receivers introduced at CES 2019 that feature a modular design combining a large touchscreen display with a hideaway control unit that installers can tuck into separate compartments of the automobile. The DMH-WC6600NEX has a suggested price of $900.
- DMH-W4660NEX / DMH-W4600NEX (6.8 inch): Traditional 2DIN chassis for universal application in most vehicles on the road in the U.S. Both units have a suggested price of $600.