Touchscreen Display + Voice Recognition
Touchscreen Display + Voice
Motorized Touchscreen Display (w/ Flick Scrolling): The
Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD features a motorized 6.95" wide, 16:9 touchscreen
display with a TFT active matrix system and LED backlighting. The screen has a
resolution of 800 (H) x 480 (V) x RGB with 1,152,000 total pixels. This unit has
touchscreen controls with interactive video graphics, making menu navigation
easy. You can scroll screen lists by simply flicking the screen up/down, or
scroll screen pages by simply flicking the screen right/left. The monitor
electronically slides down for loading or ejecting a disc. The motorized
touchscreen display not only allows the bottom of the monitor to be tilted
upward at five different positions, but also enables the top of the monitor to
be tilted outward to eliminate reflected glare (you can save any one of these
positions to the head unit's memory).
- Aspect Ratio: You can change the aspect ratio for
video playback. You can select from Full (16:9), Just (4:3 LB), or Normal (4:3),
or Auto (automatically selects to match incoming video signal)
- Picture Adjustment: You can adjust the unit's display
brightness, contrast, color, tint, sharpness, and black level to suit your viewing needs
during video playback.
- Custom Background Images: You can download a still image
(800 x 600) for use as
the unit's background from a connected USB thumbdrive or microSD card. You also choose between 3
- 4-Panel Home Screen Menu:
The unit's Home Screen Menu consists of four panels which you can swipe left
or right to access. The first panel displays the date & time, along with
access to weather, news, SNS, and RSS updates. The second panel displays
song or station information, along with network media history and photo
albums. The third panel provides source selection of Navigation, Disc,
Telephone, HD Radio, iPod, or USB/SD. The fourth panel lets you access
entertainment apps, internet browser, and social media apps. You can
customize each panel to your liking.
Note: For your convenience, this unit is
equipped with a multiple language display. You can select the language which is
best suited to your first language; English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Start Up Time: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD has a start up time of
approximately 30.1 seconds from Off to the Home Menu Screen. Once the Home Menu creen appears, you can
select the Navigation Map, a connected source, or network app by simply tapping
the appropriate icon on the head unit's touchscreen.
Split Screen AV Control: The DNN990HD's screen views can be
easily toggled from one to another simply be touching the screen or appropriate
button. The Split Screen AV Control mode divides the screen into two screens,
with navigation on the left and a control window on the right. With this
Picture-in-Picture type function, the head unit can now display the navigation
map screen and basic playback controls for the source screens (or rear-view
Advanced Speech Recognition (Voice Control): The Kenwood
Excelon DNN990HD is equipped with an Automatic Speech Recognition function which
allows you to operate certain functions of this unit and connected devices with
your voice, using the supplied external microphone and external "talk" button. The Advanced Speech
Recognition and Voice Control feature of the DN9990HD allows for
voice-controlled operation of the built-in Garmin navigation system and utilizes
features such as input of addresses, phone numbers, POIs, and choosing menu
options. The voice control system also operates the unit's audio/video system,
allowing you to switch between multiple sources, seek out music and video files,
access station presets, and access your Bluetooth phone's phonebook and make
calls. Many of the network apps such as Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, YouTube, and AUEPO! support voice recognition.
Simply press and hold the "talk" button to display a list of operable voice
Note: The supported languages are US English, UK
English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, and Spanish.
Click here to access the unit's
Voice Command Table.
Parking Brake Detection: To prevent the display of video
while the vehicle is in motion, the light green wire (within 4-pin harness)
must be connected to the vehicle's parking brake detection circuit. You cannot
view video unless your vehicle's parking brake is engaged. If you attempt to
view video without the parking brake engaged, the unit's LCD touchscreen will
simply display a blue screen and "Parking Off". While your vehicle
is in motion (parking brake off), you can still view the head unit's menu
screens, source information, metadata, album artwork, and the
navigation on-screen map. Entering log-in information requires that the parking
brake is engaged.
Front-Panel Controls w/ Variable Color Illumination: In
addition to the touchscreen controls, the unit includes frequently used buttons
along the left bottom-edge of the screen. You can adjust the head
unit's button illumination from the following preset colors - Blue, Purple, Sky
Blue, Aqua, Yellow, Green, Amber, Red, Pink, White or Scan (Scans through all preset
colors). You can also select a custom "User" color that is adjusted between Red,
Green, and Blue (values range: 0-31). You can save up to 3 custom color presets. The Eject and Kenwood logo remain red, regardless of
variable color illumination setting.
Dimmer: The dimmer function will dim this unit's display and
button illumination automatically
when the vehicle light switch is turned On when you connect orange/white
Illumination wire of this player's harness. You can also manually dim the unit's
display and button illumination.
Security Indicator: The Security Indicator feature helps to
protect the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD against theft. Turning this function "On" allows the
security indicator light (red) on the front-panel of the head unit to flash when your
vehicle's ignition is off.
2-DIN Chassis: The DNN990HD has a
2-DIN chassis (also known as Double DIN or size DD), and will fit in many
vehicles with a large dash opening. The unit can be ISO-mounted using factory brackets, or Euro-mounted using the
supplied mounting sleeve. As always, please consult Crutchfield's
Outfit My Car to verify fit with your vehicle.
Garmin/NAVTEQ Navigation: With built-in Garmin navigation
software and NAVTEQ map data (CN North America NT 2013), the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD
features on-screen maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The built-in maps include over 6-million
Points of Interest (POIs) such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations,
attractions, parking, airports, ATMs, and more. The built-in navigation software
provides you with calculated on-screen
routes and audible directions to follow in order to reach your destination
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While
this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its
release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is
maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may
change over time.
Software/Map Data Updates: When the preloaded maps are
considered out of date, the DNN990HD will provide periodic notification at
startup. Garmin software and map updates can be downloaded as required, via
microSD memory card. To find a software or map update, please go to
Note: The unit's SD-card slot is located behind the motorized
GPS Receiver & Antenna: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD employs a high-sensitivity GPS receiver that is forgiving of less than optimal antenna placement, giving you additional
placement options. The included GPS antenna
that features a self-adhesive base and an attached 11.5' cable terminated by a
proprietary plug which connects to GPS-input on the back of the head unit. The GPS
antenna is designed to be mounted inside the vehicle on the dash. The GPS antenna measures 1.3125" (w) x 0.625" (h) x
1.4375" (d). The self-adhesive pad measures 2.5625" x 2.5625"
- Update Rate: 1/second, continuous
- Position Accuracy: <6 meters, typical
Note: The first time you turn on this unit, you must
wait while the system acquires satellite signals for the first time. This
process could take up to several minutes. Make sure your vehicle is outdoors
in an open area away from tall building and trees for fastest acquisition.
After the system acquires satellites for the first time, it will acquire
satellites quickly each time thereafter.
NAVTEQ Traffic: NAVTEQ Traffic receives traffic information
that is broadcast over the FM Radio Data System. The free FM TMC subscription
activates automatically after the navigation system acquires satellite signals
while receiving traffic signals from the service provider. NAVTEQ Traffic
provides real-time traffic data for over 90 major cities in North America,
including the United States and Canada. If traffic is congested up ahead or
there is a road closure, the navigation system will automatically re-navigate
the route to show you how to get to your destination, quickly and easily.
Alternatively, in manual mode, the system will add delay time to your trip so
you can decide to avoid or continue on your current route. When the unit is
receiving traffic information, a traffic icon appears in the upper-left corner
of the Map page. The traffic icon changes color to indicate the severity of
traffic conditions on your route or on the road you are currently traveling.
||Traffic is flowing normally
||Traffic slightly congested
||Traffic is heavily congested or
||Traffic data has not updated
Note: NAVTEQ includes a lifetime service subscription.
Because NAVTEQ traffic is subsidized by unobtrusive pop-up advertising there
is no subscription fees.
On-Screen Map: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD displays a real-time moving map illustrating your
current position and intended route. It will show map scale and geographic
details such as lakes, rivers, highways and towns. Your route is marked with a
magenta line. A checkered flag marks your destination. As you travel the
DNN990HD guides to your destination with arrows on the map and directions at the
top of the screen. The upper-left corner of the screen indicates the distance to
your next maneuver. During your calculated route, your arrival time is displayed
in the lower left corner, your current speed is shown in the lower right corner.
The posted speed limit for most major roads is displayed near the lower right
corner as well. The unit allows you to zoom, pan, and point using the
touchscreen during navigation. If you depart from the original route, the
navigation system recalculates the route and provides new directions.
- Map Detail: You can adjust the amount of detail shown
on the map screen. More detail may cause the map to be slower.
- 2D/3D Map View: You can changes the perspective of the map from 2D North-Up
(displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top), 2D Track-Up
(displays the map in 2 dimensions with your direction of travel at the top
of the screen), 3D Track-Up (displays the map in 3 dimensions with your
direction of travel at the top of screen).
- Vehicle Type: You can change the icon (arrow, station
wagon, sports car,
compact car, SUV, jeep, RV, or sled) used to display your position on the map.
- Color Mode: Select between Day (for a bright background), Night (for a black background) or Auto (to automatically switch between the two) for the on-screen map.
Text-To-Speech Voice Prompts: The unit's text-to-speech
voices "read and speak" the same words that are displayed on the unit's screens.
The voices have an extensive vocabulary and they pronounce the street names as
you approach turns. Voice prompts can heard from both of your front speakers,
only the left front speaker, or only the right front speaker. You can
independently adjust the volume (0-35) of the voice prompts without affecting
the main volume. The unit only offers English voice prompts in a male or female
Note: You can continue to listen to your music source
while navigating. The DNN990HD will mute the music source, when there is a
text-to-speech voice prompt. Once the voice prompt has ended, your music
volume will automatically raise to previous setting.
Turn/Lane Assistant: While navigating a route, a preview of
the next turn, lane change, or other maneuver appears in the upper-left corner
of the map. The preview includes the distance to the turn or maneuver and the
lane in which you should be traveling, if available.
Exit Services: While navigation a route, you can find gas, food,
lodging, and restrooms near upcoming exits. Services are listed under the
following categories - Gas, Food, Lodging, and Restrooms. You must be on a major
highway or road to use this feature.
Speed Limit Icon: A speed limit icon may appear as you
travel on major roadways. This icon displays the current speed limit of the
roadway. The unit's speed limit icon feature is for information only and does
not replace the driver's responsibility to abide by all posed speed limit signs
and to use safe driving judgment at all times.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant
access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where
Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your
current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also
menus to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations,
and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
Where To? Screen: The Where To? screen provides several
different categories for you to use when searching for addresses, cities, and
other locations. The detailed map loaded in the navigation system also contains
millions of points of interest to choose from.
||Allows you to search for a
destination by touching and dragging the map.
||You can store one home location to allow you
to calculate a route home from any current location.
||Input your destination address by
house number, street, city, and zip-code.
||Allows you to search by city's name.
||Allows you to search where to
The detailed maps loaded in this
navigation system contain locations, such as restaurants, hotels,
auto services, and other POIs (points-of-interest). You can use
these categories to browse for nearby
businesses and attractions.
||You can save all of your favorite
places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them
||Choose from one of your most recent
destinations or waypoints.
||Allows you to search your
destination by longitude and latitude values.
||You can use the Search Bar to search
for locations by entering a category, brand name, address, or city
||You can add up to 36
shortcuts to the Where to? menu. A shortcut can point to a location,
a category, or a search tool.
Note: The navigation system automatically searches
for places near your current location. You can also choose to have the DNN990HD
search for places in a different city, a recent destination, a favorite
destination, projected destination, or along your current route.
Route Preferences/Avoidances: When calculating a route, you
can select the following preferences; faster time, shorter distance, less fuel,
or off road. You can also program the unit to avoid certain things that may be
undesirable on your route; such as U-Turns, Highways, Toll Roads, Carpool Lanes,
Unpaved Roads, and Ferries.
Auto Reroute/Detour: If you happen to depart from your original
route, the internal navigation system recalculates the route and provides new
route instructions. You can also select a specific area to detour
around. The navigation system will attempt to get you back on your original
route as quickly as possible, after calculating a detour. If the route you are
currently taking is the only reasonable option, the DNN990HD might not calculate
Trip Planner (Multiple Destination Routing): You can create
and save a trip with multiple destinations (up to 500 via points) using the Trip
Planner. Once you have entered your destinations, you can manually set them in
the order of your preference, or allow the device to calculate the most
efficient route. Trip itineraries can be saved in memory for future use.
Where I've Been/Trip Log: The Where I've Been application
allows you to view your previous routes and places you have stopped on the map.
In addition, the device keeps a Trip Log, which is a record of the path you have
traveled. The Travel History setting must be enabled in order for the Where I've
Been and Trip Log features to function.
Trip Computer: The trip information page displays your
current speed and direction, and provides helpful statistics about your trip.
Dual trip odometers keep up with your total mileage. The page also indicates the
distance and driving time to your next maneuver, as well as the distance and
driving time to your destination. Your maximum speed and moving average speed
are also displayed. The information can be reset in advance of your next trip.
Trends: The DNN990HD has the ability to recall frequent
destinations and historic traffic information to help calculate your route
- myTrends: The myTrends feature senses when you are
driving to a common destination and displays the destination and estimated
time of travel in the navigation bar on the map. myTrends does not work when
you first begin using your navigation system. To effectively use the
myTrends feature, your frequent destinations must be marked as favorites,
and a regular pattern of driving habits must be established with three days
of regular driving usage.
- trafficTrends: When the trafficTrends feature is
enabled, the navigation system uses historic traffic information to
calculate more efficient routes. Different routes may be calculated based on
traffic trends for the day of the week or based on the time of day.
ecoRoute: The ecoRoute feature calculates your vehicle's
fuel economy, carbon footprint, the fuel price of navigating to your
destination, and offers tools for improving fuel efficiency. The first time you
access the ecoRoute features, you will be asked to enter fuel and mileage
information (Fuel Type, City Fuel MPG, HWY Fuel MPG, Fuel Price) about your
- Fuel Economy: If you have entered your vehicle profiles
and the current fuel price, the DNN990HD calculates fuel used, the average
fuel economy for your vehicle, your carbon footprint, and the cost of the
- At The Pump: At your next fill-up, you can enter in fuel price,
amount of fuel used, and the distance you traveled to calculate your
vehicle's miles-per-gallon (MPG).
- ecoChallenge Tool: The ecoChallenge tool helps you
maximize your fuel economy by scoring your driving habits. The higher your
overall score for a driving challenge, the more fuel you could save. You
overall score is the average of these 3 scores:
- Speed: gain points for driving at the best speed
for conserving fuel, which is 45-60mph for most vehicles.
- Acceleration: gain points for gradual acceleration;
lose points for rapid acceleration
- Braking: gain points for gradual braking; lose
points for hard braking
- Mileage Report: Mileage reports provide the distance,
the time, the average fuel economy, and the fuel cost of navigation to a
destination. A mileage report (up to 20) is created for every route that you
drive. If you stop a route on your navigation system, a mileage report is
created for the distance you traveled.
Note: The data provide by the ecoRoute feature is only
an estimate. The data is not actually read from your vehicle.
Tools: The DNN990HD offers tools you can use as you travel.
- World Clock: The world clock allows you to display the
current time for four locations throughout the world. You can also display a
map of the world showing which portions are in daylight and which are in
- Unit Converter: You can convert distance, speed, area, currency,
temperature, volume, and weight.
- Calculator: The calculator allows you to perform simple
Safe Mode: Safe Mode disables all navigation system
functions when the vehicle's parking break is disengaged, that require
significant operator attention and could become a distraction while driving. You
will need to engage the parking brake to enter addresses or other advance
navigation functions when you have the unit set to Safe Mode.
WiFi Hotspot: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD connects to your
WiFi-enabled smartphone (iPhone/Android/Blackberry/etc.) or mobile hotspot (data
charges may apply) to enhance mobile navigation, access content across multiple
media sources, receive and send Facebook/Twitter updates, as well as manage
e-mail hands-free, and share audio/video content in the vehicle with other WiFi-enabled devices.
Your WiFi-enabled smartphone will need an active Data Plan account with
connection to the Internet via 3G, LTE, or EDGE.
Note: The DNN990HD includes a WiFi receiver which is pre-installed
in the unit's third rear-panel USB port. This USB port cannot be used for
Route Collector: To use internet services via the DNN990HD, you will
need to create an account via Kenwood's Route Collector Site.
The Route Collector website can be accessed from your computer or laptop using
Chrome20+ or Firefox16+. A
Collector App is also available for Apple iOS (5.0+) devices from Apple's
App Store. Route
Collector is a web service site where you can store and share your trip log,
route, and photos taken while traveling on your home computer or smartphone app.
- Route Planner: You can plan out and customize a route from your
computer or smartphone app, and then send the customized route to the
DNN990HD when you are ready to leave for your trip.
- Trip Log: You are able to upload and review your information such
as music, video, twitter, and GPS log during your trip. This information can
be uploaded to the Kenwood Server and reviewed via the Route Collector
website on your computer or
- Photo Album: You can take pictures along the route, create an
album after your return from your trip, and share your album with friends
and family on your computer or smartphone app.
Note: Up to four Route Collector accounts can be added for other
drivers, with their unique travel and entertainment preferences and content
stored by the Kenwood cloud server.
INRIX Traffic: While in the navigation mode, the
DNN990HD pulls real-time data services from the
INRIX Traffic Intelligence
Platform to provide you with up-to-the-minute traffic, weather, parking, speed
camera, and travel advisory information. INRIX's strategic partnership with
Clear Channel Radio and Total Traffic Network extends the delivery of the
highest quality data and broadest coverage available for in-vehicle navigation. These enhancements to the
Garmin navigation provide an accurate, intuitive, and safe navigation
- Digital Traffic: Traffic information is updated every 2 minutes and
receives more than 1,000 messages every update cycle in order to help you
navigate around traffic safely and quickly.
- PhotoLive: Look up real-time photos from traffic cameras to see
traffic and weather conditions.
- Dynamic Parking: Find parking close to your destination. See the
number of spots available and parking prices.
- Fuel Prices: Find the best prices for any grade of fuel in your area
or on your route.
- Weather: Displays the updated weather forecast supported by INRIX.
You get today's weather forecast and the weather forecast for the next 6 days
in your selected region. You can enter a region using the voice recognition function.
- Movie Times: You can find theaters and showtimes by entering
movie titles or theater names.
Note: This unit comes with a free 2 year subscription to INRIX
Traffic. To use after those two years, a usage fee is required ($24.95 per
Hands-Free Social Media:
You are able to sync your Facebook, Twitter, E-mail account, Google Calendar,
and RSS Feeds with the DNN990HD for hands-free social media interaction. The DNN990HD can receive and send messages over Facebook and e-mail, as well as manage Twitter and RSS feeds hands-free via voice
command. Advanced speech recognition, text-to-speech, and speech-to-text
conversion processing via the dedicated Kenwood cloud server make this possible.
A simple intuitive layout allows easy access to your social media.
- Facebook: Check friends' status updates and post your
own messages on
Facebook using the head unit's touchscreen or voice recognition.
- Twitter: Check tweets
and post your own tweets on Twitter
via touchscreen control or voice recognition.
- Email: You may check your mail box on G-mail, Hotmail, Yahoo
- Google Calendar: You can display today's schedule registered in
your Google Calendar. You can also edit your schedule from the head unit..
- RSS Feeds: RSS is a web feed format used to publish frequently
updated works such as blog entries, news headlines in a standardized format.
Note: You can create different user accounts to maintain privacy
when using email and social media. You can register up to 4 user accounts.
User accounts can be assigned as Administrator, Guest, Owner, or User.
Cloud Storage (via Dropbox): You can download your music files to
Dropbox through Kenwood's Route Collector site and your computer, and then play these same music
files through the Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD via its "Kenwood Storage" source selection.
You can store up to 2GB of music for free (fees apply for larger storage). The unit supports playback of MP3,
AAC, WMA, and WAV music files from your Cloud storage (copyrighted content is not
supported). You can search your music files by
Artist, Album, Song, or Genre. To narrow the search even more, you can search
the selected category alphabetically (A-Z). Basic playback functions (such as
Play/Pause, Next/Previous Track, Random/Repeat) are also supported.
Entertainment Apps: The Kenwood Excelon DNN990HD includes pre-installed entertainment
apps which allows you to enjoy videos and music from various online music
services such as YouTube, Aupeo!, and iHeartRadio.
- YouTube: You can play videos uploaded to
YouTube. You can search YouTube