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New ICS-X7HD In-Dash App Receiver from Alpine Electronics Offers Cloud Connection Options for the In-Vehicle Environment

Back January 8, 2013

First Alpine product with connectivity to Siri Eyes Free mode, MirrorLink and Aha Radio

Torrance, Calif. (Jan. 8, 2013) - Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. introduced a new receiver with connectivity options to several cloud-based content sources. The ICS-X7HD in-dash app-receiver is the first of its kind for the company and was recognized with an Innovations award in the In-Vehicle Audio category at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, held Jan. 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Alpine is excited to introduce the ICS-X7HD as the company’s first product to serve as a content aggregator of entertainment and information apps, ” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “The ICS-X7HD paves the way for other products that will bring the vast amount of cloud content into the vehicle in a relevant and safe manner.”

The ICS-X7HD is a mechless AV receiver with a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen. It comes with a built-in HD Radio™ receiver and advanced Bluetooth® Plus with advanced audio streaming. Its strength lies in its ability to harness cloud-based content including:

  • Eyes Free Mode – Apple integrates Siri, the intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking, and the much-anticipated Eyes Free Mode into the ICS-X7HD. Through the ICS-X7HD system, customers with a compatible iPhone®* running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. To further minimize distraction, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with an Eyes Free mode which enables you to interact with your iPhone® using nothing more than your voice while keeping your device’s screen from lighting up.
  • Aha radio – Aha by HARMAN™ can be launched through the iPhone® on the ICS-X7HD. Aha aggregates thousands of apps, giving drivers access to everything from web-based music, news, social media, podcasts, audio books and live weather information, to a customizable “Hungry” and “Hotel” station of nearby restaurants and hotels. Users simply install the free Aha App on their iPhone® to access the Aha content. When the iPhone® is connected to the ICS-X7HD via USB, the driver can store the phone and enjoy and control Aha directly from the ICS-X7HD.
  • MirrorLink – MirrorLink takes the content from compatible smartphones and “mirrors” this information onto the ICS-X7HD’s 7-inch screen. At this point, the phone’s functions are transferred to the ICS-X7HD, for easy control from the dash and allowing the phone to be safely stored away. Phone functions that can be used via MirrorLink include navigation, music streaming and hands-free phone calls. MirrorLink is an automotive standard developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium; additional phone models will be compatible with the MirrorLink standard in the future.

    The ICS-X7HD has a smartphone-like user interface. Familiar operations such as “drag and drop” to move icons on the screen, swipe and slide control of on-screen functions, and animated transitions between functions make it easy to grasp the use of the product. Favorite apps can be quickly accessed with a short press of the Home key, or a press and hold of the Home key brings up all available functions of the ICS-X7HD.

    Additional entertainment and information sources accessible on the ICS-X7HD include Pandora® internet radio control, SiriusXM compatibility (requires tuner and subscription, sold separately), full music control from an iPod® or iPhone®, and the App Direct mode for basic control and operation of iPhone® apps. The ICS-X7HD will be available at authorized Alpine retailers in March.

    *Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone® 4S, iPhone® 5, iPad® (3rd and 4th generations), iPad® mini and iPod® touch (5th generation), and requires Internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.

    ICS-X7HD In-Dash App Receiver

    • AV system with 7-inch screen
    • MirrorLink
    • Siri Eyes Free Mode
    • Aha infotainment through iPhone
    • HD Radio™ receiver built-in
    • Pandora® internet radio control via an iPhone® or Android™ smartphone
    • Made for iPod® and iPhone®
    • SiriusXM-Ready (requires SXV200 and SiriusXM subscription, sold separately)
    • BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
    • Available: March
    • SRI: $800.00

    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.

    PANDORA, the PANDORA logo, and the Pandora trade dress are trademarks or registered trademarks of Pandora Media, Inc., used with permission. Sirius, XM, SiriusXM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries. “HD Radio” is a trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation. iPod®, iPhone®, and Made for iPod® and iPhone® are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. MirrorLink is a trademark of the Car Connectivity Consortium. AHA is a trademark of HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated. 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. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.

    About Alpine Electronics

    Alpine Electronics is an automotive electronics manufacturer that provides consumers and leading auto makers 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.

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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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