May 26, 2011
Car radio goes smart with the Pioneer AppRadio
Pioneer unveiled its latest innovation, the AppRadio, which seamlessly integrates into the iPhone and iPod touch (4th generation) via a 30-pin connector, to utilize its processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity and apps. The device features a large 6.1-inch (WVGA 800 x 480) multi-touch capacitive touchscreen with an interface designed specifically for safer in-vehicle operation.
It also offers Bluetooth connectivity/external microphone for hands-free calling, an input for an optional vehicle mounted rear back-up camera, external GPS antenna, built in AM/FM tuner, wired remote steering wheel control adapter and an external amplifier via one set of preamp outputs.
Compatible AppRadio apps include INRIX for traffic information, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio and Pandora Radio. More apps will be available in the future via the App Store and the AppRadio software itself is upgradeable offering future hardware, software and app compatibility changes.
Pioneer is headed in the right direction with its “Rethinking Connectivity” strategy and seamless integration with smartphone technology. For now they are targeting the iOS market base, but perhaps we can expect integration with Android based and other phones? For now the AppRadio will be available in late June with a suggested retail price below $500.