Mobile multimedia specialist Alpine Electronics has developed a revolutionary headunit for Land Rover’s all-new Discovery 3. In a first for Land Rover, the system combines a display, radio, control panel, 6 disc CD mechanism and bus network master node in the most compact and integrated unit ever designed by Alpine.
The ‘MOST’ system uses a complex fibre optic ring main to connect the different elements of the infotainment system. MOST also allowed Land Rover’s designers to tailor the system to their own taste, giving the freedom to locate the radio tuner separately from the control panel, mechanism and amplifier - bringing both weight and packaging benefits.
The head unit also features an advanced in-dash mechanism with rapid disc change and a rugged anti-skip feature - allowing it to continue to perform wherever the Land Rover ventures.
"This has to be our most flexible installation ever." says Alpine’s Business Manager Nick Bailey. "With the explosion in infotainment technology we’ve kept our options open by incorporating the latest Flash memory so the software can be upgraded to include such options as satellite radio and digital television when they become available."
Since 1978, Alpine has been at the forefront of in-car entertainment development, producing some of the world’s most advanced audio systems, on-board navigation and multimedia applications. As a result of focussing exclusively on high-fidelity in-car systems, Alpine has been nominated No.1 for customer satisfaction in the US for four consecutive years and is specified as original equipment in some of the world’s most prestigious marques.Published 10 November 2004