Drawing on Pioneer’s technology integration expertise, AppRadio is the first in-vehicle product designed to utilize the processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity and apps of the iPhone and iPod touch (4th generation) as the primary source for its information and entertainment capabilities.
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. However, it does so using a larger 6.1-inch screen designed specifically for safe in-vehicle operation.
For safety and convenience, AppRadio 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 is clean and simple, with only three physical buttons; a home button, volume up and volume down buttons combined with a high resolution WVGA (800 x 480) 6.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display.
This touch panel requires less pressure, responds faster and can recognize multiple touch points simultaneously. Touchscreen control is used for all functions including the app interface, iPod control/playback, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth hands-free calling features. Addiitonally, there is Pioneer’s own AppRadio app. When connected to an iPhone and iPod touch (4th generation) with the AppRadio app and compatible third-party apps, the full potential of AppRadio is unleashed, bringing an infinite world of convenience and connectivity directly into the dash.
The Pioneer AppRadio app, available free in the iTunes App Store, enables access to the data and connectivity of the iPhone 4, providing users the ability to access Google Maps and stay current with recommended compatible third-party apps. Google Maps appears on the AppRadio screen with the same mapping information and features that consumers are familiar with. The system enables users to search, route to locations, view route directions and create bookmarks with the ability to drop pins directly on the map.
Pioneer has initially partnered with several app providers to integrate AppRadio compatibility into a few of today’s most popular apps, formatted specifically for safe use and access in the vehicle. AppRadio compatible apps are now available including INRIX, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio, and Pandora Radio. With the vehicle parked and the parking brake engaged, additional apps featuring second-screen video output can be viewed on the AppRadio screen.
As the library of AppRadio compatible applications grows, users will be automatically notified via Pioneer’s AppRadio iPhone application, with a link to the respective app’s page in the App Store. Additionally, the AppRadio software itself is updatable offering the potential for future hardware, software and app compatibility changes. 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 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.
Pioneer’s AppRadio will be available in late June with a suggested retail price below $500. The Pioneer AppRadio App is available from the App Store for the iPhone 4 and iPod touch (4th generation).