Kenwood claims an industry first by mating its new DRV-N520 dashcam recorder to its multimedia receivers in order to control a variety of the camera’s functions via the head units’ touchscreen.

Developed in conjunction with the highly-respected JVC Video Division, Kenwood’s ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance System) technology allows the crash cam’s features such as viewing/playback, full DVR control and set-up, precise GPS information (in conjunction with DNX9-series head units) among other things, to be accessed and controlled via the large screen in Kenwood’s multimedia head units.

The crash cam itself is a small-format compact design and comes with mounting bracket. The unit is rich in useful features such as automatic collision detection and alert, lane departure and departure delay alerts with visual (head unit screen) and audio (sound system) notifications, and much more.

The DRV-N520’s camera is capable of higher-than-Full HD resolution (2304 x 1296, 3MP) and uses JVC’s proprietary HDR (High Dynamic Range) technology for high quality images and recording. HDR images exhibit brighter and sharper detail where non-HDR cameras will either over or under exposure.

The Kenwood DRV-N520 retails for $349 and is available via Kenwood’s established dealer network around the country.

For more information visit Kenwood here.