Alpine 9 Inch HALO Multimedia Unit - Kenwood Rear Camera - Thinkware Q800 Pro Dash Cam - Xenon Headlights - DRL LED Upgrades - Mercedes R Class Multimedia, Camera and LED Upgrades
What Car Multimedia, Camera and LED Upgrades did B&B Audioconcepts Recommend for Mercedes R Class
This luxury Mercedes R Class MPV drove in for some custom car upgrades. The conversation started for a high end multimedia entertainment head unit for the front of this Mercedes MPV. A stand out head unit at present is the superb Alpine Halo9, an incredible 9 inch high resolution screen with an astonishing 1DIN installation space. The Alpine Halo9 has a super slim screen which hovers over your dashboard with adjustable angles to suit your perfect viewing angle. You get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, DAB+ digital radio, USB video playback, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming and much more with this amazing product. This decission was really a no brainer given the budget.
Swiftly we moved onto car cameras and decided upon to integrate into the Halo9 the Kenwood rear view camera to aid in safety whilst reversing the Mercedes R Class. Safety was also introduced by means of one of the latest offering from Thinkware products, the Q800 Pro Dash Camera, which is a fabulous 2K QHD front facing camera with wide viewing angles. There are a lot of features with this high end dash camera which make it stand out from the rest of the crop.
This Mercedes R Class was finished off with some exterior LED customisation and Xenon lights. Unlike traditional halogen headlight bulbs that utilise halogen gas, xenon headlights use xenon gas. This is a gaseous element that can emit a bright white light when electricity passes through it. Xenons headlights give you a brighter more natural light, you get broader coverage in front on the road, more energy efficient and they last longer than halogen lights. The DRL lights also give off a brighter natural light and can be used all day for higher visibility to oncoming traffic.
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The Future of Mercedes MultiMedia with Alpine Halo9 at B&B Audioconcepts
The iLX-F903D Alpine Halo9 brings a 9-inch high-resolution touch-screen to any vehicle with 1DIN installation space. The super-slim display appears to simply hover over your dashboard and even includes a white LED ambient light on the bottom. You get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, DAB+ digital radio, USB video playback, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming and much more with this amazing product. Bring the future of car-media to your ride with the Alpine Halo9.
The iLX-F903D is a DAB+ Digital Media Receiver with a 9-inch WVGA touch-screen and drive-less design (no CD/DVD slot). It uses a 1DIN chassis for installation but the screen “hovers” in front of the vehicle’s dash, allowing the oversize screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation. The iLX-F903D’s "Alpine Halo9" nickname is descriptive for the screen’s unique hovering position and its 9-inch size.
1DIN Chassis – 9" Screen
The iLX-F903D features a 1DIN chassis, making it immediately compatible with any vehicle with either 1DIN or 2DIN radio dock. The 9-inch high-resolution touch-screen is attached to the front of the media box with steel brackets to achieve a rock solid display that does not wobble while driving.
Edge-to-Edge Glass Design
The amazing 9-inch display sits in a super slim housing with edge-to-edge glass and a nice chrome trim around the edge. Combined with the touch-responsive hard-keys on the bottom it makes the units stunningly beautiful and very modern in function and appearance.
Adjustable Display Angle
You can adjust the iLX-F903D’s display angle from +45 degrees to -20 degrees to match a wide range of dashboard angle. After the display angle is set, it gets locked into place during installation to be rock-steady while driving over any terrain and when pushing with your finger on the display to control the unit.
Adjustable Display Height and Distance
The display height can be adjusted +/- 3cm from the center position. This allows fully standing or hanging display configurations as well as everything in between. You can also adjust the distance of the display to your dash in a 20mm range. After the display height and distance to the dash are selected, everything gets locked into place to be very solid.
Works with Apple CarPlay
Simply connect your iPhone to the USB port of your Alpine Halo9 and launch Apple CarPlay to communicate, navigate and stay entertained with your favourite smartphone apps. Most apps are Siri optimized so you can keep your eyes on the road. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and newer.
Works with Android Auto
Android Auto was designed with safety in mind. With a simple and intuitive interface, integrated steering wheel controls, and powerful new voice actions, it's designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road. Android Auto automatically brings you useful information, and organizes it into simple cards that appear just when they're needed.
Now available for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto! Use WhatsApp to communicate with your friends in a safe and convenient way while you drive. You can dictate new messages or have Siri read messages for you while you drive.
If you have a Spotify account, you can now use it in your car as well. Spotify is available for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and features the same search and playback functionality as the app on your smartphone. Paired with the amazing 9-inch touch-screen this is a must-have app for your Alpine.
This is a great app for all Amazon Prime Music users. Available for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, this app let’s you access millions of songs while you are on the road and control every thing via Alpine 9-inch touch screen.
Push the voice button on your Alpine unit or your steering wheel buttons (if supported) to activate Siri or the Google Assistant. You can simply ask to call people, ask for route directions, write and send messages, ask for weather forecasts and much, much more.
THINKWARE Q800 PRO DASH CAMERA 2K for Mercedes R Class
“Nearly three million motorists are now recording their journeys with dash cams, according to a new RAC study, and with more motorists starting to see the value of dashboard cameras, it is an important time for THINKWARE to bring the latest innovation to the dash cam industry” stated Joey Won, THINKWARE DASH CAM’s General Manager of UK Development. “An increasing number of insurers are accepting footage when reviewing claims and offering discounts to those with dash cams installed. By incorporating cloud connectivity into our dash cams, we are moving one step closer to offering insurers and drivers more streamlined insurance claims.”
Users can easily control and manage their Q800 PRO dash cam with CLOUD connectivity and built-in WiFi via an iOS or Android smart phone, providing a truly convenient way to view, download, access or delete recorded footage as well as enable firmware and safety camera updates via the app. The Q800 PRO is an update of the F800 PRO, doubling the definition of the front camera. The THINKWARE CLOUD features include Vehicle Location, Geo-Fence alerts, Impact Notification and video upload when there is an impact greater than 3G in intensity.
Equipped with Sony Exmor R Starvis sensors for both front and rear cameras and the powerful Ambarella A12 processor, the Q800 PRO offers crystal clear QHD footage for the front camera and 1080p for the rear. As with the F800 PRO, the Q800 PRO is equipped with Super Night Vision 2.0 which means clearer night time footage both while driving and when parked with up to 10 times the brightness in dark environments.
Users will benefit from different recording modes; motion and impact detection or Time Lapse Photography at two frames per second for up to 72 hours. If a driver is leaving their car for a longer period of time, they could use the Energy Saving Parking Recording where the Q800 PRO will sleep until an impact is detected and will wake up within a second, to record for the next 20 seconds. The current drain in this mode is reduced by two thirds.
The Q800 PRO comes with a polarising filter to reduce dashboard reflections. It is packed with useful features including built-in A-GPS for embedding speed, time and location data into recorded videos. The location is remembered so it achieves instant GPS lock when switched on. There is also the option of connecting an external GPS antenna, to get around the shielding effect of heated or sun reflective windscreens.
The location data is used to provide safety camera alerts, which include speed cameras, red light cameras, average speed zones and mobile speed camera zones. The European version of the camera provides “Danger Zone” alerts in France, as well as safety camera alerts in the rest of Europe.
Format Free 2.0 Technology eliminates the need for manual reformatting of recorded video files on the micro SD memory card, extending memory card life and improving reliability.
Kenwood Rear Camera for Mercedes R Class
Key Features :
>>> Universal multi view camera (front or rear mounted)
>>> 1/4" colour CMOS sensor
>>> Waterproof unit with flexible mount base
>>> Up to 5 kind of camera images - Super wide, wide, overhead, picture in picture & corner view
>>> Adjustable guidelines
>>> Controllable by remote for universal use
>>> Directly controllable by Kenwood unit
>>> NTSC colour signal system
>>> Normal/mirror view
Headlight Xenons, LED Side Light and DRL Upgrades for Mercedes R Class
There are many advantages to using Xenon headlights over the more standard halogen headlights. As a driver you will experience a brighter more natural light which is parallel to that of natural daylight. You get broader coverage with Xenonsas they provide illumination further down the road ahead and also a wider illumination. Xenons will also outlast halogen systems by 10 times in most cases and are more energy efficient than conventional systems.
Daytime running lights or DRL’s offer additional safety while driving. According to statistics over half of all daytime accidents at road junctions are caused by drivers not seeing other road users in time. Road safety experts suggest switching on dipped beam headlights during the day, or using additional daytime running lights such as these.
B&B Audioconcepts Mercedes Multimedia, Camera and LED Upgrades Completion - Happy Customer :)
The B&B Audioconcepts Team completed the Mercedes Multimedia, Camera and LED Upgrades with no issues to report. All the new upgrades, Alpine Halo9 and Thinkware Q800 Pro Dash Cam, Rear Kenwood Camera and Full Light Upgrade in the Mercedes R Class were tested to ensure they were operating as per their requirements and to their operational standards. B&B Audioconcepts Team always fully test every feature to ensure the customer will leave satisfied with their upgrades. We always want the customer to be fully satisfied before they leave our Audioconcepts Workshop and in this case it was just that. This Mercedes R Class is now fully loaded with the high end Alpine Halo9, Thinkware Q800 Pro Dash Cam, Kenwood Rear Camera and full Lights Upgrade. The Mercedes R Class with the 9 Inch Touch Screen Alpine Halo with cutting edge features amongst DAB, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and application support for Spotify, WhatsApp, Amazon Music to mention a few, has put a big smile on the customers face.