Video: JVC 2013 Navigation Receivers
Zak Billmeier grew up in southern Vermont and coastal Maine. After graduating from Mary Washington College with a Geography degree he still isn't sure quite what to do with, he eventually settled in the mountains of Central Virginia. He spends his free time chasing his daughter around, taking pictures, gardening and cooking. He joined Crutchfield's car A/V writing team in 2007 and is now a lead producer on our video team.
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Whether you're hitting the road for a family vacation or braving the daily commute to work, you want a trustworthy guide leading the way. JVC's navigation receivers give you quick access to its maps of the U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada, and Puerto Rico, plus 8 million points of interest. And they're loaded with features that'll come in handy, like Bluetooth®, voice guidance, smartphone compatibility, and more.
Zak: I'm at the JVC booth at CES 2013 and Jacob's gonna take us through the JVC navigation receivers.
Jacob: Sure, absolutely. So we engineer our own navigation receivers, and the technology and software that we build into them makes them extremely fast. So for example, the startup time on our navigation receivers is only about eight seconds from key on to whenever you can enter a point of interest, and you know, start navigating using the system. The way that we do that is we use a solid state drive which is good for the car environment as opposed to, you know, SD or hard drive based navigation systems. We have a really fast processor that's built into it and special software that we use to, you know, make sure that it starts up fast, calculates, recalculates, etc. You know, because we know that those things are important while you're driving on the road.
Also we're compatible with streaming music services, both iHeartRadio and Pandora, and the navigation units this year will be able to stream music from Pandora on Android and also iHeartRadio on Android as well as iPhone. If you use an Android phone, it will actually do it wirelessly so it'll just do it over a Bluetooth connection, and then you can see album art work, you can control what station you're on, and, you know, track up, track down, thumbs up, thumbs down right from the head unit. So that's definitely pretty cool.
We have three different systems. So we have the KW-NT310, which is, you know, the basic entry-level type of system. It has a USB port on the back so you can make all your connections to Smartphones and stuff like that, plus a little micro-SD card slot on the front right here too. We also have the KW-NT51HDT, and what that adds is a HD radio tuner onto it so it'll get HD radio audio stations and using Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network service, we can get traffic information that comes across on the screen as well as news, sports, and weather. And that's just broadcasted over HD radio. There's no fees, there's no tuners or anything that comes with it. That's automatically rolled into the software package of the head unit. And then we have the KW-810HDT which has a motorized face plate on it and it's the 7" version of these navigation pieces.
Zak: Alright, great. Thanks, Jacob.