Pioneer’s latest “Cyber Navi” in-dash car radio with navigation is due in Japan in November offering the ability to serve as a WiFi hotspot. It also includes a new technology that converts standard audio to the equivalent of Hi-Resolution Audio, it said.
The new Cyber Navi series includes original technology called “Master Sound Revive.” It can upgrade CD and compressed sound sources, as well as video sources such as network videos and DVDs to the equivalent of high-resolution sound sources.
The new Cyber Navi radios allow high speed streaming from YouTube and other sources over WiFi. Blu-ray content from a home recorder can be played on the car radio through an app connection. The app pairs to a Blu-ray device at home and then to the Cyber Navi to allow playback of pre-recorded video on the car audio screen.
In navigation, the radio allows automatic map updates.
Through its WiFi hotspot, passengers get an Internet connection for their tablets, laptops and other devices.
Part of Pioneer’s Carrozzeria Cyber Navi series, the radios are under the 910 series (AVIC-CQ910 / CL910 / CW910 / CZ910), and recently won a “Good Design Award” in Japan.
(WiFi is provided by Japanese carrier DOCOMO).
Pioneer USA would not respond to our request for verification nor questions on bringing the technology to the US market.