Pioneer Electronics announced Thursday its next generation in-car radios, two AppRadio 3 models, offering the most connectivity options in the industry, it claims.
The in-dash receivers work with MirrorLink ready smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 to present a mirror image of apps on the radio screen and allow the radio to control the phone functions.
They also work with the iPhone 5 and other iPhone and Android devices and they provide Siri Eyes Free and Google Voice Recognition. One model—the SPH-DA210 includes a CD/DVD player, while the second model SPH-DA110 omits a CD mechanism.
The units also provide Bluetooth audio streaming and touch screen control of navigation, traffic, weather, music and other apps on a high resolution 7-inch capacitive screen with similar multitouch found on smartphone.
The SPH-DA110 and SPH-DA210 AppRadio 3 models will be available in July at suggested prices of $399 and $499 respectively. A total of four connectivity cable options, sold separately, provide a connection to more than 30 different smartphone devices available in the U.S. The smartphone connectivity cables range in suggested prices from $30 to $60.
Cables include the CD-IU201N (iPhone 4/4S), CD-IH202 (iPhone 5), CD-AH200C (Android) and CD-MU200 (MirrorLink).
Feature details include:
- MirrorLink – An in-vehicle connectivity standard created by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), MirrorLink technology enables consumers to connect compatible smartphones to AppRadio 3 (or other compatible in-dash receiver) via a USB cable to access certain music and map applications for a more convenient and safer in-car experience. Similar to AppRadio Mode, MirrorLink is now integrated into AppRadio 3 receivers and offers a vehicle-specific interface and connectivity with MirrorLink certified devices from smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Nokia and others.
- Siri Eyes Free – Users of an iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 device can take advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality with a touch of the AppRadio 3 touchscreen. When activated, Siri voice prompts play through the vehicle’s speakers and the user’s questions and commands are received and transmitted using the external microphone provided with both AppRadio 3 models. Siri Eyes Free provides access to many iPhone functions, such as music selection, listening to and composing text messages, Maps, calendar information, reminders, and more.
- Voice Recognition for Android – Users of compatible voice enabled Android smartphones can utilize Google Voice for hands-free calling by simply touching the microphone icon in the Contacts section of the Pioneer’s AppRadio App (version 2.0.0). Voice recognition can also be used to conveniently find and play stored music through Pioneer’s free of charge CarMediaPlayer App (version 1.2.0).
- Bluetooth – To maximize the connectivity options available in today’s most popular smartphones, both AppRadio 3 models offer both Bluetooth hands-free calling1 and Bluetooth audio streaming and wireless control of compatible devices. Each model includes Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) for wireless audio streaming and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) version 1.3 for wireless control of devices and related metadata (if available) to be viewed directly on the Pioneer touchscreen display.
- Enhanced Touchscreen User Interface – Designed with the smartphone user in mind, the AppRadio 3 touchscreen user interface (UI) provides easy access to the most commonly used features such as apps, music and calling.
Source: Pioneer Electronics