The marriage between the iPhone and…well…everything just keeps getting happier and happier. The latest example of this comes from Pioneer Electronics with their in-vehicle AppRadio, which utilizes the iPhone or iPod touch’s processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity and apps as the “primary source for its information and entertainment capabilities.” And as with your iDevice, the AppRaido has the industry’s first capacitive touchscreen with similar touch and motion gesture support, but in a 6.1-inch screen for safer in-vehicle operation. It also features built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and an input for an optional vehicle mounted rear facing back-up camera.
The power of AppRadio comes from the ability to simply and easily update its software, similar to many of today’s most powerful mobile devices. The front of the unit features a clean and simple aesthetic with only three physical buttons; a home button, a volume up button and a volume down button combined with a high resolution WVGA (800 x 480) 6.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display. This capacitive touch panel requires less pressure, responds faster and can recognize multiple touch points simultaneously, advantages when compared to traditional resistive touchscreen displays. Touchscreen control is used for all functions including the app interface, iPod control/playback, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth hands-free calling features.
The AppRadio isn’t compatible with just any app, of course. You likely won’t be playing Angry Birds while driving across I-80. But the full potential of the AppRadio will be unleashed by third-party apps such as Google Maps. The Pioneer AppRadio application, which is available for free in the App Store, provides users the ability to access Google Maps and stay current with recommended compatible third-party apps.
Pioneer has partnered with several app providers to integrate AppRadio compatibility, but with safe use and access in mind. Currently, this includes INRIX, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio, and Pandora Radio. Additional apps can be viewed only when the vehicle is parked and the parking brake fully engaged.
Well done, Pioneer. I trust you more than I trust some drivers.
AppRadio continues Pioneer’s strong audio heritage, with a built-in AM/FM tuner with RDS text information display (when available) and full iPod audio control/playback. Pioneer employs Apple’s iPod Out feature enabling the AppRadio system to display the familiar iPod navigation menu, displaying album art, song title and artist. This promotes a safer driving experience, as all of AppRadio’s controls have been designed specifically for in-vehicle operation. This newly developed interface technology supports iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th generation) running iOS 4.2 or later. In addition, AppRadio enables direct access to the latest iPod functions, such as custom playlists and Genius Mixes, which let users automatically create playlists of music with similarities from their music library.
Safe, in-vehicle phone functionality is simple with built-in Bluetooth, enabling hands-free cellular phone operation using the car’s speakers and the included external microphone to turn the car into a rolling speakerphone. Access to the user’s phonebook is provided via Bluetooth phonebook transfer, with browsing and searching available by touchscreen controls.
The AppRadio includes a 30-pin connector, external GPS antenna, external microphone for hands-free calling and input/output connections to support the addition of an optional rear view camera, wired remote steering wheel control adapter and an external amplifier via one set of preamp outputs.
Although the Pioneer AppRadio App is available now, the AppRadio will not ship until late June with a suggested retail price below $500.
Pioneer’s AppRadio will be available in late June with a suggested retail price below $500.
Product [App Radio]
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