Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today launched three new in-dash navigation systems, AVIC-Z150BH, AVIC-X950BH and AVIC-X850BT, that combine advanced route guidance, multimedia entertainment and smartphone connectivity functions. The entire lineup of products includes iPhone 5 compatibility as well as high resolution WVGA touchscreen displays ranging from 6.1 to 7 inches, new mapping interface with available built-in real-time traffic information, new graphical user interface (GUI), AppRadio Mode (previously known as Advanced AppMode), SiriusXM ready, built-in Bluetooth functionality, USB connectivity (must have iPod cable for USB functionality), HD Radio Technology, DVD/CD/MP3 playback, and more.
"Consumers are constantly interfacing with their smartphones and they expect them to work with almost any product they purchase, especially devices for the in-car environment," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "We're integrating the latest technologies and devices, including support for iPhone 5, into our new navigation systems so consumers can simply plug in their device(s) and enjoy the drive to their destinations."
Smartphone Connectivity Advancements
In a world where the smartphone is king, Pioneer continues to refine its products to work with today's latest personal devices. The flagship navigation products now include enhanced connectivity with iPhone 5 via the optional CD-IH202 kit ($50 suggested retail price) and two required accessories (purchased separately) from Apple, the Lightning to USB cable and Lightning Digital AV Adapter for compatibility with the AVIC-Z150BH and AVIC-X950BH models, and the optional CD-IV202NAVI kit ($100 suggested retail price) and Apple's Lightning to USB cable and Lightning to VGA Adapter for compatibility with the AVIC-X850BT. With these three navigation receivers, users will be able to access and control select iPhone 5 apps via the in-dash touchscreen display; play and control music and videos stored on iPhone 5; and play and control the Pandora internet radio and Aha Radio apps running on their iPhone 5 via the revolutionary AppRadio and AppRadio Mode interface.
To further enhance smartphone connectivity, each model is equipped with Pioneer's AppRadio Mode (previously known as Advanced AppMode), which offers an "AppRadio-like" experience for both iPhone and Android owners, giving users the ability to access and control dozens of apps directly from the navigation receiver's large touchscreen display when connected to iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, or a compatible Android smartphone. Dozens of compatible apps ranging from entertainment and information to navigation are available on the iOS and Android operating systems. Popular and convenient apps now available for use with all three models include INRIX Traffic, Rdio, Pandora internet radio, DashCommand (Version 2.9.0), StreamS HiFi (Version 5.1.1) AUPEO! Personal Radio (Version 2.36), Waze, MotionX-GPS DRIVE and the recently introduced apps, Beej!, Glympse, Parkopedia, Maxthon Cloud Browser, and iHeartAuto.
Traffic Tuner (AVIC-Z150BH and AVIC-X950BH)
With traffic congestion at an all time high in major metropolitan areas, the AVIC-Z150BH and AVIC-X950BH enable users to see the latest traffic conditions with a built-in RDS-TMC traffic tuner. Both systems utilize Clear Channel's Total Traffic Network1 service to provide an overlay of real-time traffic events and conditions on the navigation map and allow users to create routes (or re-route) to minimize traffic delays.
SiriusXM-Ready (All models)
For music enjoyment anytime, anywhere, all three units are SiriusXM-Ready for SiriusXM's commercial-free music, premier sports and live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment, and SiriusXM Latino, the most comprehensive Latin music, sports and talk programming in radio. SiriusXM programming is received through the SiriusXM SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). The SiriusXM SXV200 tuner offers a simple, inexpensive solution for adding satellite radio, and Pioneer's multimedia receivers are among the first aftermarket in-vehicle products to include the new Tune Start and Tune Scan features. The Tune Scan feature scans through songs from the user's favorite music channel presets. When a user enables the Tune Start feature and tunes to a favorite preset music channel, the current song will automatically start playing from the beginning.