Hmm… seems Pioneer has been busy, they’re just release a bunch of new navigation systems that have plenty of features..
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today announced the release of the AVIC-X710BT and AVIC-X910BT, which build upon Pioneer’s history of in-dash navigation systems by combining turn-by-turn navigation, audio and video* entertainment and connectivity options including Apple iPod® and iPhone®, Bluetooth® cell phones, MSN® Direct**, HD® Radio and SIRIUS XM® Satellite Radio.
“We’ve made numerous enhancements to the hardware and software for 2009, making the AVIC-X Series more functional and easier to use than its predecessors,” said Ted Cardenas, director of marketing for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Both models build upon Pioneer’s in-car navigation experience, offering performance and features beyond those found on typical navigation systems.”
Both models provide consumers with the latest and most comprehensive map database from Tele Atlas® covering the entire United States, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii, enabling users to route to millions of destinations including more than 12 million points of interest (POI). Additionally, enhancements were made to the visual interface to further assist drivers to arrive at their destinations efficiently and safely, including:
- Map View Modes – The system offers various screen views including 3D map mode, 2D North Up and the new 2D Heading Up map mode.
- Highway Sign Boards – Simulated highway signs appear onscreen when a major junction approaches for a quick visual aid while navigating. The feature forewarns drivers by highlighting the sign and the proper driving lanes they should be in for passage through major interchanges and exits.
- Redesigned Map Interface – Key on-screen information layered on top of the map display was revamped for easier viewing utilizing larger fonts, more precise graphic contrast and less multi-line information.
- 3D Icons – More than 1,300 icons are displayed in 3D illustrations, including buildings, historical landmarks, baseball fields, etc., which help the driver to visually identify the area.
The AVIC-X910BT model includes a built-in MSN® Direct tuner (MSN Direct service not available for the AVIC-X710BT). Users who subscribe and pay for the MSN Direct service*** receive, among other things, updated traffic information. At a glance, traffic incidents and traffic flow information are available for 134 cities across the United States and Canada, and are displayed directly on the map and indicated by different colored lines and traffic icons. In addition, the MSN Direct service includes weather forecasts, gas prices, movie times, news headlines, local events and stock quotes, all accessible directly from the screen of the navigation system.
The AVIC-X710BT and AVIC-X910BT also feature advanced voice control for compatible iPods/iPhones and compatible Bluetooth enabled cell phones. After syncing their compatible iPod/iPhone to the system, users can use conversational commands to initiate music playback from the iPod/iPhone by artist name, album name, playlist name or music genre. Users can simply say, “I want to listen to artist Linkin Park,” or “Let’s hear artist Black Eyed Peas” to start playback.
After pairing a compatible Bluetooth enabled cell phone and using the “phone book transfer” function to transfer a cell phone’s contacts/phone-book into the navigation system users can have quick access to their contacts/phone-book by using voice commands. With a push of the voice control icon, users can simply say, “Call Robert Smith,” and the system will identify the contact and dial the phone number. The system will prompt users for additional information if there is more than one phone number for a specific contact.
The AVIC-X Series utilizes a bright 5.8-inch high resolution WVGA touch panel display to access numerous sources of entertainment. Each model allows playback of iTunes® AAC, MP3, WMA, WAVE, DivX* and MPEG4 files from a CD, DVD*, USB device or SD memory card.
Each unit also includes a USB interface for quick connection to compatible iPod music players, portable media players and USB memory devices. For additional convenience, an SD memory card filled with additional Points of Interest information or compressed audio and video files slides directly into the front panel SD card slot. A mini-jack A/V input on the face of each unit is also available for quick connection to other compatible devices.
By utilizing the integrated SD card slot, users will have the added benefit of uploading software updates and additional POI information. Using the PC application from Pioneer called AVIC-FEEDS, users with compatible PCs can create and store additional points of interests onto an SD memory card for the navigation system. This is especially helpful, for example, when users want to add personalized or custom POIs.
For safety and convenience, each system is equipped with a back-up camera input that can automatically display images from a separately purchased back-up camera when the vehicle is shifted into reverse. The feature is extremely useful when used with large automobiles where it can be difficult to see behind the vehicle.
Pioneer AVIC-X navigation systems can be fully integrated into a large number of vehicles with a 2-DIN dash opening, and with a range of 32,768 customizable illumination colors available, users can match the factory look and feel of practically any interior.
As high-end audio units, each system is equipped with Pioneer’s Supertuner IIID AM/FM tuner, three sets of RCA outputs and a built-in 50 Watts X 4 high power amplifier, and is ready to connect to various optional tuners including XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio and HD Digital Radio.
The Pioneer AVIC-X710BT and AVIC-X910BT are available for suggested prices of $900 and $1,100, respectively.
Pioneer’s Mobile Entertainment Division is known for offering the kind of in-car products that make driving more enjoyable by offering high quality audio and video, advanced connectivity and ease-of-use. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including audio video, navigation and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and sound competitors. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years for Premier electronic products.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets. The company focuses on four core business domains including Blu-ray Disc and DVD, display technologies, navigation and Digital Network Entertainment.™
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today exhilarates the industry by offering the best value in in-dash navigation with the new AVIC-U310BT, a robust, full-featured system with the convenience of built-in Bluetooth® for hands-free calling and Apple iPod/iPhone® control. The comprehensive, 2-DIN system provides the sound quality and features expected from a Pioneer in-dash source unit, renowned navigation performance with turn-by-turn route guidance and the ease of wirelessly connecting to Bluetooth enabled cell phones, all at a suggested price of $599.
“We understand the needs of our customers and engineered a simple but highly effective in-dash unit that combines the most widely used features into a single device,” said Ted Cardenas, director of marketing for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The AVIC-U310BT is an ideal all-in-one solution that provides advanced navigation while freeing the average consumer’s dash from various plug-in mobile navigation, communication, and entertainment components.”
Pioneer’s AVIC-U310BT utilizes a full-color 4.3-inch WQVGA touch screen display and 2GB of flash memory. The fast and easy-to-use navigation system features voice guidance of directions and text-to-speech technology that enables the unit to provide verbal prompts to specific street names. Powered by Tele Atlas®, the unit’s comprehensive database covers the entire United States, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada and includes more than 500,000 points of interest (POIs) in 147 categories which can be easily accessed via six easy to navigate search methods.
Pioneer’s included proprietary PC software, AVIC-FEEDS®, further enhances the in-car experience by allowing users to import custom destinations, POIs, and contact lists, upload photographs, create custom illumination colors and store a driving log. Utilizing AVIC-FEEDS, drivers have the ability to easily upload the data before leaving the house via an SD card slot located within the detachable front panel of the unit. Users also have the versatility to easily add up to 12 million POIs or a Mexico map (via SD card) with optional add-on packages available from Pioneer.
The AVIC-U310BT offers three map views: 2D North Up, 2D Heading Up and 3D. It also employs the new Highway Sign Board View, where highway signs will appear onscreen when a junction approaches for a quick visual aid while navigating. The feature forewarns drivers by highlighting the sign and the proper driving lanes they should be in for passage through interchanges and exits. For eco-friendly and budget conscious consumers, the system also features an advanced Drive Report which provides the fuel cost for trip routes, estimates of the vehicle’s CO2 emissions and, with the help of the AVIC-FEEDS software, logs and archives the data to generate various reports. Users can also transfer driving data such as abrupt stops and accelerations to AVIC-FEEDS for an analysis of driving habits and suggestions to improve fuel efficiency.
The AVIC-U310BT fulfills the high-quality audio and convenience expected from Pioneer with enhanced playback of MP3, WMA and iTunes AAC music files. The system boasts Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR), a patented technology which restores musical detail lost during the encoding process to create fuller and richer audio from digitally compressed music.
The USB interface located at the rear of the unit provides a connection to compatible portable media devices including thumb drives, flash memory devices, and iPod/iPhone music players (via optional cable). Music files on compatible iPods/iPhones can be accessed quickly using various methods including:
- Alphabetical Speed Search – users can scroll through their music lists by the first letter in the name
- Link Search – users can recall similar content to what is currently playing by artist, album and genre
- Passenger Control – allows passengers to directly control the iPod/iPhone device
Convenience, Customizable and Connectivity
Pioneer equipped the AVIC-U310BT with built-in Bluetooth for convenient and safe wireless communication. With a compatible Bluetooth enabled cell phone, the included microphone, and the speakers installed in the vehicle, the AVIC-U310BT turns any vehicle into a hands-free speaker phone. Audio from any source is automatically muted when the phone rings or is in use, allowing the conversation to be heard through the speakers in the vehicle.
The AVIC-U310BT fits into a large number of vehicles with a 2-DIN dash opening, and with 32,768 customizable illumination colors available users can find a color match for virtually any interior. The unit is also loaded with Pioneer’s legendary Supertuner IIID AM/FM tuner, two RCA pre-outs, a built-in 50 watt X 4 high-power amplifier, an auxiliary input, and is ready to connect to various optional tuners including XM/SIRIUS Satellite Radio® and HD Digital Radio®.
The AVIC-U310BT will be available nationwide in July for a suggested price of $599.
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled the AVIC-Z110BT, its flagship in-dash navigation system that allows consumers to simultaneously access mapping and route guidance information, enjoy various forms of audio and video entertainment, control an Apple iPod®/iPhone® and a Bluetooth® enabled cell phone with natural voice commands and receive updated traffic, weather and local event information via an optional MSN Direct® tuner. The AVIC-Z110BT navigation system features a large motorized 7-inch touch panel display, CD/DVD Video playback, built-in Bluetooth and a customizable touch screen interface for quick access to frequently used features.
“Today’s consumers demand more out of their personal electronics and the AVIC-Z110BT provides unparalleled performance across all aspects of mobile entertainment and convenience for any driver,” said Ted Cardenas, director of marketing for the mobile business group of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “It’s an advanced, simple and easy-to-use device designed to provide the latest in-vehicle entertainment, information and communications.”
The AVIC-Z110BT offers exciting new navigation features including a Drive Report, Highway Sign Board Guidance and MSN Direct information. With an extremely fast processor and 4GB of on-board flash memory, the system delivers detailed mapping and route guidance for the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. The system utilizes a comprehensive Tele Atlas® map database which includes more than 12 million points of interest (POI) organized in more than 150 categories.
- Drive Report – After filling up with gas, users can input the fuel price and mileage of their vehicle. The system will then calculate and display varying trip costs for multiple proposed routes. Using this data, the user can select the most cost effective route. In addition, the unit also has the ability to estimate the vehicle’s CO2 emissions based upon actual driving habits and fuel consumption. And, when users transfer the information generated by the system to Pioneer’s free AVIC-FEEDS® PC software*, they can obtain more detailed information that may help improve fuel efficiency.
- Highway Sign Boards – Simulated highway signs will appear onscreen when a major junction approaches for a quick visual aid while navigating. The feature forewarns drivers by highlighting the sign and the proper driving lanes they should be in for passage through major interchanges and exits.
- MSN Direct*1 – The AVIC-Z110BT is designed to interface with an optional MSN Direct tuner to provide users (who subscribe and pay for the MSN Direct service) with updated traffic information. Available in 134 cities across the United States and Canada, traffic incidents and traffic flow information are overlaid directly on the map and indicated by different colored lines and traffic icons. In addition, MSN subscribers have access to weather forecasts, gas prices, movie times, news headlines, local events and stock quotes, all accessible directly on-screen.
- Map View Modes – The system offers various useful screen views including 2D (North Up and Heading Up), 3D, street view and rear view map modes. In the 3D view map mode, more than 1,300 icons are displayed in 3D illustrations, including buildings, historical landmarks, baseball fields, etc., helping to visually identify the area to the driver.
- Detailed City Maps – The system also includes a detailed city view for 65 major cities. In 2D view mode, mapping identifies the road and surrounding areas in its exact form such as road islands, building footprints, parks, baseball fields, city blocks, etc., to visually identify the area to the driver.
- Brand Icons – Up to 58 easy-to-recognize brand logos can be overlaid onto the map to help users identify hotels, restaurants, banks, gas stations and even specific chain store locations such as Chili’s®, Olive Garden® and 76®.
Control and Convenience:
Pioneer’s AVIC-Z110BT navigation system is packed with a variety of convenient features for quick access to information and entertainment functions. The customizable home screen menu, advanced voice recognition, text-to-speech voice guidance, touch screen and Bluetooth all greatly enhance control, assistance, and safety elements of the system, ultimately helping drivers to drive while at the same time entertaining passengers through the system’s audio and video*2 capabilities.
- Customizable Home Screen Menu – This powerful interface allow users to customize the AVIC-Z110BT’s home page display. A total of 34 shortcut icons representing navigation, Bluetooth and audio/video functions are available, and up to 15 can be assigned to the home screen menu to make it easier to access the user’s preferred functions. Based on the system configuration, icons will automatically resize as they are dragged and dropped onto the home screen.
- Sophisticated Voice Recognition – The system features an advanced voice recognition engine to perform key navigation and audio/video functions, which is particularly helpful while the vehicle is in motion.
- Inputting an address for routing can be executed by saying the city name, street name and address number, while finding a POI can be achieved by saying its name, such as “Find the nearest Starbucks.”
- After syncing a compatible iPod/iPhone to the system, conversational commands can be used to initiate music playback from a connected iPod/iPhone by artist, album, playlist and genre. Users can also switch between sources and carry out functions such as play, pause, shuffle, next track and previous track for music from a SD card, USB or iPod device.
- Bluetooth Capability – The system is equipped with Parrot® Bluetooth, enabling hands-free cellular phone operation with the car’s speakers and the supplied microphone. The system pairs with up to five compatible Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones and can hold an entire phone book for voice activated phone calls, caller ID and hands-free operation. In addition, with compatible devices, the Bluetooth feature allows audio streaming to transmit music wirelessly and control (play, stop, pause, track up/down/forward/rewind) Bluetooth-enabled portable audio players using the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and the Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP).
- Enhanced Voice Guidance – The AVIC-Z110BT uses a Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine and a Tele Atlas database to enable the system to clearly verbalize street names.
Audio and Video Entertainment
In addition to navigation functionality, the AVIC-Z110BT is a state-of-the art entertainment system and includes a motorized, high-resolution 7-inch WVGA touch screen display, high quality audio and video playback, dual zone entertainment, iPod/iPhone control and USB connectivity.
- Enhanced iPod/iPhone Control – Pioneer enhanced the interface for iPod/iPhone devices with passenger control, link search and video playback.
- Passenger Control gives the option for passengers to browse and select music directly through the iPod player itself
- Link Search let users view a list of all available content by the currently playing artist (similar to the “artist” folder function on an iPod)
- Video Playback allows the user to access video content from a connected iPod/iPhone device for playback to optional rear seat monitors.
- DVD video/ CD playback and Dual Zone – The AVIC-Z110BT supports playback of DVD Video, DVD-R/RW and CD/CD-R/RW discs. Recordable discs with iTunes® AAC, MP3, WMA, WAV, DivX® and MPEG4 files are also supported. The system also features dual zone entertainment, sending video and audio content from the DVD player to optional rear seat monitors and wireless headphones*3 while the driver and front passenger listens to AM/FM/HD®/XM®/SIRIUS® Satellite Radio or certain other connected sources.
- USB*4/SD slot – Compatible portable devices with a USB connection, such as hard drives and flash memory drives, can be linked through the available USB cable that is connected to the rear of the unit. The system also accepts compatible SD memory cards through the slot located behind the motorized front panel.
Using Pioneer’s proprietary PC application software, AVIC-FEEDS, users with properly equipped PCs can create and store additional points of interests, contact lists, drive reports and custom background images onto a USB flash drive or SD memory card to further enhance their in-car experience.
The AVIC-Z110BT can be fully integrated into a large number of vehicles with a 2-DIN dash opening. The systems offers other benefits including Supertuner IIID, Radio Data System (RDS), dual AV inputs, 4-Volt preamp outputs (X3), attachment capability to optional XM*5, SIRIUS*6 Satellite and HD Radio tuners, and customizable illumination. With a range of 32,768 customizable illumination colors available, users can match the factory look of virtually any car’s interior.
The AVIC-Z110BT has a suggested price of $1,600 and is scheduled to arrive at retailers in July 2009.