Pioneer AVIC Z120BT

Pioneer just recently announced a new in-dash GPS navigation system called Pioneer AVIC Z120BT which has a 2-DIN form factor and has a 7″ screen.

This is apparently their new flagship model which now adds the ability to listen to Pandora in your vehicle - but it actually streams the data through your iPhone using Pioneer’s own PandoraLink app for the device.

Pioneer AVIC Z120BT has all sorts of audio/visual specs but as far as GPS navigation it runs on TeleAtlas maps which covers all 50 U.S. states and Canada, has 12 million POIs in its database, and more importantly implements a voice recognition feature so you can enter addresses just by speaking.

MSRP for Z120BT is $1600 and Amazon already has it for $1400.

Pioneer announces new in-dash GPS navigation systems

Pioneer just added to their “Carrozzeria” HDD car navigation systems. The two new series are “CYBER” with built-in flash and “Easy Navigation Lite” both of which will have three new models.
AVIC-VH9990: 325,500 yen
AVIC-ZH9990: 304,500 yen
AVIC-H9990: 189,000 yen
Easy navigation Lite
AVIC-MRZ90G: 173,000 yen
AVIC-MRZ90II: 133,000 yen
AVIC-MRZ85: 112,000 yen

In the Cyber series 1DIN +1 DIN’s “AVIC-VH9990” and the 2DIN “AVIC-ZH9990″ both come with 7” 800×480 LCD touch screen LCD, digital terrestrial tuner and a DVD navigation system with HDD drive. “AVIC-H9990″ on the other hand HDD AV Navi unit model.

Lite easy navigation has the 2DIN MRZ90G and MRZ90II with a 7″ LCD, MRZ85 with 6.1” LCD. However they all have 800×480 resolution. Internal memory is the same as traditional navigation 4GB.

NaviComputer: mapping and GPS tracking for Windows Mobile

Yes, there are still developers working on the good old Windows Mobile platform. NaviComputer is the result of such an effort - an application to view maps and utilize your GPS receiver to interact with the maps to mark points, record tracks, etc.

Navicomputer does not download your maps off the air, it stores them locally. So you won’t need an internet connection or a dataplan. Maps can be easily downloaded from OpenStreetMap to a PC or directly to your mobile device. You can of course use other map sources.

Some of the features - the best of them being the fact that NaviComputer is free - include the ability to work offline, OpenStreetMap support, touch screen friendly user interface, track recording with trip information including elevation, support for GPX format, and multilingual user interface (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch)

Pioneer free iPhone GPS navigation app

We’ve mentioned the Pioneer AVIC GPS navigation stuff many times here on Navigadget - but always in-dash or as a standalone system. Now’s a bit different. They just introduced an application for the iPhone. What it does is that it lets you find your destination with the already available Google Maps on your iPhone and then transfer it to your AVIC via bluetooth. The application is called AVIC Feeds and it even lets you navigate to geotagged photos on your iPhone.

Keep in mind AVIC-U310BT does not do bluetooth transfer and you’ll have to transfer your address book via USB. However with AVIC-Z110BT your new destinations will update automatically.

You can check out more about AVIC Feeds here.

Pioneer AVIC-U310BT: the one you can afford

Pioneer AVIC-U310BT is the final addition to Pioneer’s AVIC line up. Out of the ones we talked about today (Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT, Pioneer AVIC-X910BT, and Pioneer AVIC-X710BT) Pioneer AVIC-U310BT is the most affordable one with a suggested retail price of $600.

Just like the other ones U310BT is also a 2-DIN GPS navigation system that features bluetooth hands free option, iPod and iPhone controls, and a smaller (but sufficient) 4.3″ WQVGA touch screen. It carries the same maps from TeleAtlas covering US and Canada, but instead of 12 million, it only has 500 thousand points of interest. However Pioneer AVIC-U310BT does feature an SD card slot located within the detachable front panel of the unit that lets you bring in more POIs and even a map of Mexico.

It does not do CDs or DVDs but can still play your audio from MP3, WMA, or AAC formats. Another neat feature is hidden behind the device; a USB port that can connect various audio players.

You’ll have to wait for July to put a Pioneer AVIC-U310BT on your dash.

UPDATE: We said no CD or DVDs but that slot at the top of the device awfully resembles an optical media drive to us. What do you think?

Pioneer AVIC-X710BT

Pioneer AVIC-X710BT - the new in-dash GPS navigation system from the company - is quite similar to the Pioneer AVIC-X910BT we just talked about. The only difference is that Pioneer AVIC-X710BT does not include the MSN Direct tuner, and does not do DVD playback. Therefore costs $200 less, bringing it down to only $900.

Pioneer AVIC-X710BT still has built-in bluetooth capabilities and you can bring more media to the system using the SD card slot.

Pioneer AVIC-X910BT

Pioneer also announced AVIC-X910BT, another 2-DIN in dash GPS navigation system which combines turn-by-turn navigation, audio, video entertainment and numerous connectivity options that can give you control over iPod, iPhone, Bluetooth capable cell phones, MSN Direct, and satellite radio.

The GPS navigation system part has a TeleAtlas maps database that cover USA, and Canada, with 12 million points of interest (POI) and provide various map views such as 2D and 3D, realistic highway intersection views, a new GUI, and various 3D buildings.

The AVIC-X910BT has a built-in MSN Direct tuner which requires a subscription service. If you decide to pay up you can get updates on traffic for 134 cities across the United States and Canada, weather forecasts, gas prices, movie times, news headlines, local events and even stock quotes.

Pioneer AVIC-X910BT has a 5.8″ WVGA touch panel display, CD, DVD, USB and SD memory card slots, a mini A/V input jack, and of course bluetooth connectivity.

AVIC-X910BT is available $1,100.

Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT

Pioneer just unveiled the AVIC-Z110BT, a new in-dash navigation system that lets users get GPS guidance and enjoy audio and video at the same time. You can hook up your Apple iPod or iPhone or your bluetooth phone and control them with voice commands. You can even get local news and weather info if you if you opt-in for the MSN Direct subscription service.

Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT comes with motorized 7″ touch panel display, a fast processor and 4GB of on-board flash memory which includes maps for continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada and more than 12 million points of interests.

Some other features and specs include text-to-speech, USB, SD slots, satellite radio support, and DVD, CD support when even does dual zone entertainment.

Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT requires 2-DIN on your dash, and will cost $1600 when it comes out in July.

Pioneer AVIC-ZH9900

avic-zh9900The AVIC-ZH9900 is a 2-DIN DSP-control AV navigation auto server with a built-in 7-inch wide VGA touch-screen monitor. The rest of the specs for ZH9900 is very similar to Pioneer AVIC-VH9900 we just mentioned. The difference is that ZH9900 is a 2DIN system unlike the VH which has a motorized display - and costs a bit less; only 357,000 yen.

Yep, we said “yen”. Don’t expect this to come out in the U.S. It would be a waste anyways. U.S. don’t have the infrastructure to support most of the features Pioneer AVIC-ZH9900 offers. - which include “Smart Loop traffic congestion information”, Real-time road data update, Photoremo@Navi technology, and DSRC (Dedicated Short-Range Communications)-applied services.

Pioneer AVIC-VH9900

avic-vh9900Pioneer just recently announced Pioneer AVIC-VH9900, a renewed HDD-based in-dash GPS navigation system for the Japanese market. AVIC-VH9900 is a 1-DIN+1-DIN DSP-control AV navigation auto server with built-in 7″ wide VGA touch-screen monitor. The AVIC-H9900 is a 1-DIN navigation system (without a monitor). The former 2 models are also equipped with a built-in terrestrial digital TV tuner.

Also known as Cyber Navi car navigation system - the AVIC-VH9900 provides improved services that include Smart Loop traffic congestion information which covers 500m resolution on 700,000 km of Japanese highways, Photoremo@Navi technology, which allows the new navigation systems to interact with Photoremo@Navi-compatible mobile phones to automatically begin route searches based on the POI data transferred from compatible mobile phones, to check unread e-mail and missed calls in the mobile phones on the car navigation screen, and so on.

The Pioneer Cyber Navi car navigation systems AVIC-VH9900 will be available in late May, 2009 for suggested retail prices of 378,000 yen.