Blaupunkt India launched its first android based double-din multimedia navigation system for the aftermarket – the Blaupunkt Cape Town 940.
With a 90 year legacy of innovation, Blaupunkt has shaped the infotainment industry – from the world’s first car radio, a number of game changing technology innovations in the space of tuner, navigation, multimedia and digital radio technology, the world’s first internet radio in 2009 and now the Cape Town 940. Innovation in automotive radios is here and Blaupunkt promises to take the in-car entertainment experience to a completely different level with the launch of Cape Town 940.
Priced at Rs 54,990, Cape Town 940 offers features that are unmatched even in today’s premium luxury segment cars. It runs on the android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The product is characterized by a high-grade styling, large 6.8″ capacitive touch screen display, an exciting customisable user interface to match your mood & style, internet connectivity via WiFi, smart phone integration for complete command and control of smartphones via the radio, android music player app, HDMI/MHL, independent rear seat entertainment zone, Bluetooth Twin connect in order to connect 2 phones simultaneously, powerful acoustic performance for a theatre like sound experience with Blaupunkt’s signature sound clarity, optional all India MAP on SD card provides connected navigation with live traffic updates for select cities(Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai), speed alerts, lane guidance etc. and much much more.
The radio also comes with a cool Mirror Mode feature that allows users to project the screen of their smartphones onto the radio display with complete control of Apple and Android phones via the radio. This allows users to enjoy all functionality and applications on their phone via the in-dash radio and to rear screens. This is far more flexible and powerful than today’s smartphone integration solutions like Mirrorlink, which mobile handset OEMs have been slow to adopt.
While the automotive industry continues to work towards realizing a connected car experience, Blaupunkt has taken a big leap in this direction, with the launch of Cape Town 940. Commenting on the launch, Preeti Bakshi, Marketing Head Blaupunkt India said, “The Cape Town is a major step change in functionality, performance and technology from today’s multimedia navigation radios on the market. This radio offers a cutting edge technology experience in terms of connectivity, integration, processing power, multimedia performance, tuner quality and flexible user interface. And with android and internet access, it opens up a realm of opportunities that were not earlier possible in a car radio – users can now choose from a variety of applications included but not limited to games, rich media/video content, internet radio for 20000+ channels and ad-free music, podcasts, social media applications, news, weather, financial market, music apps etc. either pre-deployed or via the android app marketplace.
- Large 6.8” touch screen display
- High performance, system speed, graphical interface
- CPU = MST786 dual core Cortex 9 (1GHz)/RAM = DDR3 SDRAM 1GB
- Innovative styling, designing in Germany
- Operating System Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
- Bright Capacitive TFT
- Best reception with HIGH – END BLAUPUNKT CODEM IV TUNER
- Smart phone control via BLAUPUNKT MIRROR MODE
- Real mirror & control of smart phone via radio TFT – original HDMI/HML smart phone accessories required, not included, available from phone brands
- Ready for NAVIGATION ON MICRO SD (optional)
- Made for iPod / iPhone
- Support of USB MOBILE HDD with upto 40.000 files supported
- Front USB, 3x rear USB & microSD slot for audio, video & pictures
- 5- Band parametric equalizer
- Rear Seat Entertainment from USB, DVD, A/V
- Rear Camera Input
- Bluetooth Twin Connect – 2 phones can simultaneously be connected
- Wi-Fi USB-Dongle in delivery content
Commenting on the company’s strong presence in the OEM space, Pankaj Jagwani, Managing Director, Blaupunkt India said,
While being a top 3 brand in the aftermarket segment, we continue to expand our footprint in the OEM space, where over half our global revenues come from providing true OEM solutions to the world leading passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers.
Connected car features are increasingly desirable to the customer and OEMs struggle with finding a robust reliable solution to realize this functionality in the near term. Blaupunkt has been one of the first movers in the area of android based multimedia navigation platforms for the automotive industry. The company has OEM android platforms in active production since 2012 and is currently developing next gen android radios for several leading OEMs in Asia and internationally, with a number of launches planned in the near future. It’s OEM platforms offer OE grade specification, performance and reliability, feature rich applications, seamless connectivity to smartphones and to the car CAN bus, display and control of vehicle functions. Innovation is an integral part of our DNA and we will continue to drive technology changes in the infotainment domain.
We hope to see cheaper versions of such innovative multimedia navigation systems from Blaupunkt soon.