RDV Automotive Technology is entering the radio replacement market. It will offer a line of “Tesla-style” large screen radios, initially for high end vehicles from Maserati, Bentley and Infiniti.
RDV plans eventually to expand its new radio line to work with mainstream vehicles from Ford, General Motors and other auto makers, said owner Rich De Sclafani.
“I want to go after the really niche vehicles first that no one else is doing…I wanted to tackle the more difficult vehicles. But, yes, we will go into Ford, GM and others,” he said.
The first radio to ship is for the Maserati GranTurismo called the MAS-SCREEN. It is a full 10.5 inch model with wireless CarPlay and wireless Android Auto and it replaces both the radio and HVAC controls in the dashboard. It also allows the addition of front and rear cameras.
There are three MAS-SCREEN models for the three different radio trim options for years 2007-2017.
Currently, these Maserati GT vehicles ship with no CarPlay and no backup camera, said De Sclafani.
RDV radio replacement models for Bentley and Infiniti are expected to ship shortly.
RDV is a 9-month old start up offering car integration devices such as wireless CarPlay/Android Auto kits.
MAS-SCREEN radio feature include:
- Android 11 OS
- Qualcomm Snapdragon – 8 CORE / 8GB RAM / 256 GM ROM
- 10.5” HD Display
- Wireless CarPlay
- Wireless Android Auto
- Rear Camera Input
- Front Camera Input
- Full Touchscreen Control
- Plug n Play
- Steering Wheel Controls
- Gloss Black, Matte Black & REAL Carbon Fiber Trim Options
- Video Format: FULL HD – 1080P
- Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1080 capacitive Multi-Touch screen
- Split Screen Function
- Digital A/C Controls
- Built-in WiFi
- Built-in Google Play Store
- YouTube / Netflix / Sling / Disney / Amazon Prime Video + MORE
- Audio Output: 4x 45W
- EQ: 9 Band EQ
- Radio: AM / FM with RDS
- Input: 3.5mm AUX-IN, 2 x USB
- 3 Year Warranty
For more product information click here. To view a video presentation click here.
Here’s hoping we see them bring some quality to the space. I’ve had an abysmal record installing these ‘tablet radios’, with essentially none working properly, or if they do work when they leave, they come back soon with issues. The only company I haven’t tried is Linkswell, so I can’t speak for them, but Phoenix and other misc ‘ebay specials’ have been exceedingly bad. It would be a welcome change to see them become reliable and quality.
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