By Chris Nicholls
SYDNEY: Pioneer has unveiled its latest high-end double DIN in-dash navigation and entertainment unit, the 5.8-inch screened AVIC-F900BT.
The system’s large WVGA touchscreen means it can act as both a DVD/music player and navigation system, with Whereis maps pre-installed and the ability to playback multiple audio and video file formats, including DivX, WMA and MP3.
As well as DVDs and CDs, users can also plug in portable music players and playback any music or video stored on an SD card. The unit itself can be connected to a PC so users can create and add their own points of interest to the maps. Mobile phones can also be connected for hands-free control via Bluetooth.
“Pioneer sees the future of navigation as integrated into the vehicles dash. Integrated navigation will eventually become standard in all vehicles just like CD players and radios have now become. We don’t take portable radios and CD players into the car, in the future the same will apply with portable GPS devices .There are many benefits associated with a combined AV and GPS system such as the AVIC-F900BT. It is easier and safer to use, connects to other gadgets and features powerful navigational guidance,” said Pioneer Mobile Entertainment Group product planning manager, Paul Baddeley.
The maps can show elevation and 3D detailing, while well-used Text-to-Speech function promises more informative route guidance. Pioneer claimed their own proprietary technologies would ensure accurate positioning in areas where GPS coverage was low.
Voice guidance and menus can be used in 20 languages, while the DVD player can still be used whilst navigating.
All audio is powered with exceptional quality through Pioneer’s highly regarded 4X50W MOSFET amplifier and delivered through the vehicle’s speakers.
With modern car design often reducing rearward visibility compared to older models, Pioneer has also included connectivity for an optional reversing camera.
Pioneer also claimed the unit is suitable for businesses, who can download destination guides for clients into the devices to give them an easily accessible destination list.
As with many newer navigation systems, divers can now also record travel details for Tax logbooks.
The AVIC-F900BT will be available in Australia from late autumn 2008 from Pioneer dealerships. Price to be confirmed