There are many companies embracing the power and functionality iOS devices, but not many are doing it in the unique and practical ways of Pioneer. This week, the company released the AppRadio, an in-vehicle product that uses the iPhone or 4th generation iPod touch as the primary source for its information and entertainment capabilities.
From the press release:
Pioneer’s AppRadio also features the industry’s first capacitive touchscreen that enables control of most functions using similar touch and motion gestures as many of today’s most popular smartphones, but in a larger 6.1-inch screen designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation1. For safety and convenience, AppRadio features built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling2 and an input for an optional vehicle mounted rear facing back-up camera.
The latest update to Pioneer’s AppRadio app now adds access to the iPhone’s Contacts, Calendar and Photos apps. Contacts provides direct access to stored contact information for hands-free calling via Bluetooth, routing via Google Maps, and enables users to quickly send their current locations via e-mail. With the vehicle parked and the parking brake fully engaged, Calendar displays stored calendar and events information and Photos provides on-screen viewing of the user’s photos, slide shows, geotagged photos and videos taken with an iPhone 4.
The update adds to the list of AppRadio compatible apps that includes:
- MotionX-GPS DRIVE
- INRIX 3
- PANDORA INTERNET RADIO
- The iPhone’s Google Maps
- Your iPod music library
Users will be notified of newly compatible apps via the Pioneer AppRadio iPhone application.
Pioneer’s AppRadio is available now for a retail price of $399 at Best Buy, Crutchfield.com, Amazon.com and select Pioneer Authorized Retailers.