While Volkswagen took most of the CarPlay news cycle at the beginning of the Consumer Electronics Show with its own announcement, Kenwood has just revealed its first attempt at an aftermarket unit utilizing Apple’s in-car system as well.Kenwood on Tuesday, January 6, officially unveiled the DDX9902S aftermarket multimedia receiver at CES 2015. Unfortunately, as of the time of this writing, it appears that most of the details regarding Kenwood’s upcoming aftermarket unit are still unknown. Kenwood, for its part, has said that the unit is “premium,” and that the unit will feature a “high-sensitivity touch screen,” whatever that actually means remains to be seen.
One detail emerged, as revealed by 9to5Mac, in that the unit will feature Bluetooth pairing with a smartphone (or other device) for music playback and phone calls (which is not all that surprising, considering). It will also boast MHL-supported HDMI input for controlling audio and video playback through supported applications.
Kenwood, while showing off the unit on the CES showroom floor, does not have any details regarding an actual launch date for the unit, either, or how much it will cost. The unit will also support Android Auto.