Alpine Electronics’ AVN and AV Systems Allow for Control of Items Outside the Vehicle

Back January 9, 2018

Connectivity to the Google Assistant Widens the Capabilities of the Systems

Torrance, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2018) – Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. today announced its 8 and 7-inch screen-based systems are now compatible with the Google Assistant, through the Android Auto™ feature. The full-featured systems can also serve as control hubs for system expansion to other vehicle accessories, drive assist cameras and rear seat entertainment products.

“These models already are full of features, and the addition of the Google Assistant lets owners make their in-vehicle time even more useful,” said Mike Anderson, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.

Alpine’s screen-based lineup consists of three 8 and 7-inch mech-less systems: the 8-inch Alpine Restyle X208U audio/video/navigation (AVN) system, the 7-inch INE-W977HD AVN system and the iLX-207 audio/video (AV) system. The X208U is compatible with vehicle-specific Alpine Restyle dash kits that come with all needed accessories for the plug-and-play installation of the X208U, while the INE-W977HD and iLX-207 are for universal application in vehicles.

Also available is a 6.1-inch navigation system, the INE-W960HDMI, which comes bundled with a SiriusXM tuner and built-in CD player.

The Google Assistant in Android Auto
The X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 include Android Auto and Work with the Google Assistant (requires both a USB cable and Bluetooth® connection; requires an Android™ phone running 5.0 [Lollipop] or higher and the Android Auto app). To access the Google Assistant on Android Auto say "Ok Google" or select the mic button. Google Assistant in Android Auto allows users to play their favorite music, get driving directions to their destination, interact with smart home devices and reply to text messages – hands free.

Additional Smartphone Capability
The X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 also “Works with Apple CarPlay®.” Apple CarPlay® lets iPhone® users make and receive calls, access text messages, play music, and get directions in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road.

The X208U and INE-W977HD include smartphone connectivity powered by Airbiquity® for Android™ and iPhone® smartphones. The companion Alpine Connect smartphone app provides simple content selection and user personalization and integrates it into the Alpine system’s user and navigation interfaces. Current Alpine Connect content includes Alpine Go! for creating destination lists, iHeartRadio®, Yelp®, and Glympse®. The MyQ® app by Chamberlain® also works with Alpine Connect and provides control of compatible smart home devices including garage door openers, smart lighting systems, and smart thermostat systems. The MyQ app features are controllable from the Alpine touch screen, providing yet another Alpine touchpoint within the IoT.

System Expansion
The 8 and 7-inch models can serve as control hubs for other accessories. When used with the optional KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately), the screen provides touch screen control of add-on electrical accessories like a motorized tonneau cover, winch, etc. Eight outputs are available to control eight relay-connected accessories. A graphical icon and text can be assigned to each accessory for quick identification on the screen.

The models are compatible with Alpine’s rear and front camera systems and can be used with the optional KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Controller to manage multiple camera systems (controller and cameras sold separately). The KCX-C250MC allows up to three camera systems (rear, front, side) to be controlled from the screen for one-touch viewing of the camera images.

DVD/CD entertainment can be added to the X208U, INE-W977HD or iLX-207 with the optional DVE-5300 add-on DVD player. The three models each have an HDMI input for video entertainment through connectivity to HDMI-enabled devices (HDMI cable sold separately). Each system also has an HDMI output, allowing for full digital audio/video output to a rear seat entertainment system (sold separately). The KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately) can also be added to retain HDMI capability when the unit is connected to the DVE-5300.

Audio Features
Audio features on the X208U, INE-W977HD, and iLX-207 include FLAC playback (Free Lossless Audio Codec) via USB, built-in HD Radio™ receiver, and Pandora® Music control from Android™ and iPhone® smartphones. Alpine features include compatibility with the Alpine TuneIt® App for sound tuning, and MediaXpander® technology for enhanced sound quality by adding back missing harmonics in compressed media.

SiriusXM Features
The INE-W960HDMI comes bundled with the SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit for convenient access to SiriusXM programming (subscription required). The X208U, INE-W977HD, and iLX-207 are SiriusXM-Ready™ (requires SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit and SiriusXM subscription). All models give users the ability to pause, rewind and replay up to 60 minutes of SiriusXM content while listening, and up to 18 dedicated preset soft keys can be assigned for SiriusXM channels.

Navigation and Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Features
The X208U and INE-W977HD come with onboard navigation systems with free lifetime HERE® traffic RDS service, pre-loaded maps of the United States and Canada and more than seven million Points of Interest (POIs). Major landmarks, buildings and terrain details are depicted in 3D. Driving directions are delivered through text-to-speech announcements and the highway services list displays the services at each exit (gas, ATM, etc.). Alpine’s advanced Bluetooth® wireless technology features include secure simple pairing (SSP); multipoint technology which allows for pairing and connecting of two different Bluetooth® devices at the same time; phone battery, cellular signal level and received message indicators; as well as call waiting.

iDatalink® Maestro® Compatibility
The X208U, INE-W977HD and iLX-207 retain various factory features through compatibility with the iDatalink® Maestro® module (sold separately). The retained features and customized vehicle information will vary by vehicle model, examples include: OnStar® from GM, SYNC® from Ford, SiriusXM, factory amplified system, rear seat entertainment system, rear view camera and steering wheel controls. Customized vehicle information (diagnostic data, gauge screen, parking assist screen, etc.) may also be viewable depending on the vehicle.

Availability
The X208U, INE-W977HD, iLX-207, INE-W960HDMI and system expansion products are available now at authorized Alpine retailers.

Visit www.alpine-usa.com for a store locator.

X208U Mech-less 8-inch Restyle Dash System

  • 8-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Designed for use with Alpine Restyle dash kit solutions or custom installation
  • Android Auto™ now with the Google Assistant
  • Works with Apple CarPlay®
  • Audio, video, navigation and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HD Radio™ tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Works with Pandora® Music for iPhone® and Android™ phones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt® App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime HERE® Traffic RDS
  • Alpine Connect app powered by Airbiquity® with content from Alpine Go!, MyQ®, iHeartRadio®, Yelp®, and Glympse®
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • SRI: $2,000

Alpine Restyle Dash Kit Solutions for the X208U 8-inch AVN system The following dash kits are available now at authorized Alpine retailers:

  • RAM trucks, 2013-Up (KTX-RPU8); SRI: $400
  • Chevrolet Silverado, 2014-Up (KTX-GM8K2); SRI: $500
  • GM Trucks and SUVs, Various 2007-2014 models in Black (KTX-GM8-O); SRI: $400
  • Bracket kit for the following Ford trucks and SUVs: 2005-Up Super Duty, 2004-2008 F-150, 2007-2013 Navigator, 2007-2013 Expedition, 2006-2010 Explorer (KTX-FDB8); SRI: $40
  • Universal Trim Bezel (KTX-UTB8); SRI: $30

INE-W977HD Mech-less 7-inch Audio/Video/Navigation (AVN) System

  • 7-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Audio, video, navigation and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Android Auto™ now with the Google Assistant
  • Works with Apple CarPlay®
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately
  • HD Radio™ tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Works with Pandora® Music for iPhone® and Android™ phones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt® App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • Free lifetime HERE® Traffic RDS
  • Alpine Connect app powered by Airbiquity® with content from Alpine Go!, MyQ®, iHeartRadio®, Yelp®, and Glympse®
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • SRI: $1,500

iLX-207 Mech-less Audio/Video (AV) system

  • 7-inch anti-glare capacitive touch screen
  • Audio, video and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Android Auto™ now with the Google Assistant
  • Works with Apple CarPlay®
  • Touch screen control of truck accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory
  • Control Module (sold separately)
  • 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
  • Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately
  • HD Radio™ tuner built-in
  • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
  • SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
  • Works with Pandora® Music for iPhone® and Android™ phones
  • FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
  • Alpine TuneIt® App integration
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
  • HDMI input via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
  • HDMI output for digital connection to rear seat entertainment system
  • Independent dual zone video control for separate front and rear video sources
  • SRI: $900

INE-W960HDMI 6.1-inch AVN System with SiriusXM® Connect SXV300 Vehicle Tuner

  • 6.1-inch WVGA anti-glare touch screen
  • Audio, video, navigation and Bluetooth® feature set
  • Includes SiriusXM® Connect SXV300 Vehicle Tuner (plus three months of SiriusXM “All Access” with the “Never Miss a Beat” offer; for details visit www.getsiriusxm.com/offers/3monthsfree.)
  • Works with Pandora® Music for iPhone® and Android™ phones
  • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
  • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
  • DVD, AAC, MP3, DivX playback
  • MediaXpander™ technology
  • Three 4V pre-amp outputs
  • Built-in 18W x 4 amplifier (at CEA-2006 rating)
  • Rear USB port and Aux output for rear seat entertainment connectivity
  • Steering wheel remote ready
  • SRI: $900

KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module

  • Allows the system to be used as a hub for touch screen control of add-on third-party electronically controlled accessories
  • Eight outputs to control eight relay-connected accessories as Selectable On/Off, Continuous or Pulsed
  • Customizable on screen icons and labels
  • SRI: $250

KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface

  • Allows up to three camera systems to be controlled from the touch screen
  • SRI: $200

KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface

  • Adds an HDMI input when used with the DVE-5300 for connection to HDMI-enabled devices
  • SRI: $200

DVE-5300 Add-On DVD Player for Mech-less Systems

  • Compatible with the X208U, INE-W977HD, iLX-207
  • HDMI connection for maximum signal quality
  • Optical output for optional processor control
  • Automotive-grade DVD mechanism for on-the-road reliability
  • Media playback options (DVD Video, DVD+R/RW, DCD-R/RW, DivX, JPEG, MP3)
  • Compatible with the optional HDMI switcher (KCX-630HD) to retain HDMI input
  • SRI: $380

Notice: Product information is based upon current information at the time of press, but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.

TuneIt® and MediaXpander® are registered trademarks of Alpine Electronics, Inc. iPhone®, CarPlay®, Works with Apple CarPlay®, iPod®, iPhone®, and Made for iPod® and iPhone® are registered trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android™ and Android™ Auto, and the Google Assistant are trademarks of Google LLC. PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc., used with permission. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. “HD Radio” is a registered trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Alpine Electronics, Inc. is under license. iDatalink is a registered trademark of Automotive Data Solutions, Inc. Ram is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC. Chevrolet, Silverado, and OnStar are registered trademarks of General Motors LLC. Ford, F-150, Super Duty, Navigator, Expedition, Explorer, and SYNC are registered trademarks of Ford Motor Company. Airbiquity is a registered trademark of Airbiquity Inc. HERE is a registered trademark of HERE Global B.V. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners. Product information is based upon current information at the time of writing but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications, and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.

About Alpine Electronics
Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics manufacturer that provides consumers and leading automakers with audio, video, navigation and driver assistance products. The company specializes in system integration solutions with innovative vehicle entertainment and information technologies. Alpine’s R&D and manufacturing facilities in Japan, China, Europe and North America ensure that all products address the real world requirements of drivers in each market. The company is committed to developing safe, comfortable and eco-friendly automotive electronics products.

For more information, visit www.alpine-usa.com and these social media channels: Facebook: facebook.com/AlpineUSA, Instagram: instagram.com/AlpineUSA, Twitter: twitter.com/AlpineUSA

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Notice: Product information is based upon current information at the time of writing, but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.

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