Pioneer is getting ready to release the AVIC-D3 in March of 2007 and we were able to get some proper pics of the device for the first time. The AVIC-D3 is naturally going to replace the AVIC-D2, which has been the bottom line in-dash navigation / entertainment system from Pioneer for a while now.
AVIC-D3 features a 6.1 inch touch screen and users can customize the illumination to match any dashboard and make it easy to read. The navigation system has 11 million points of interest, XM NavTraffic integration, voice prompting and telephone number search. For entertainment, the AVIC-D3 offers MP3, WMA, AAC, DivX and DVD-video disc playback. It also provides iPod Direct connection for fast and easy control of iPod audio and video players and expanded Bluetooth capabilities for hands-free cellular phone conversations and wireless audio streaming.
Just like the D2, AVIC-D3 also comes with the entire map of the entire United States and Canada as well as detailed lane information in 50 cities. One new feature is the use of over 50 brand icons for quick identification of familiar POIs.
more info and pics after the jump…
AVIC-D3 also supports XM NavTraffic, which can bring in-depth traffic data for 44 markets across the nation. The subscription costs $17 a month for a XM NavTraffic and XM Radio combo.
With an optional traffic tuner, GEX-P10XMT, and a subscription to XM NavTraffic service, the system quickly alerts drivers of current traffic incidents and traffic flow conditions, by intuitively overlaying the information onto the map screen with flashing lines and icons. The dynamic system also suggests alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion when it is detected.
One bad thing about the D3 is that it does not have dual optical drives, meaning for navigation you’re going to have to put in the map DVD in for a bit, and after you get your route planned you can free your drive and use it to play CDs or DVDs.
The CD/DVD slot remains available while the system provides route guidance, utilizing a memory navigation feature, allowing CD or DVD playback for rear-seat passengers. When a destination is entered, the route and necessary mapping information is stored into its internal memory.
AVIC-D3 also supports (optional) hands free bluetooth integration with your bluetooth-enabled cell phone. The bluetooth adapter lets you use the audio system in your car and the microphone that comes with it.
When you get a call or is in use, the AVIC-D3 automatically displays the number of the incoming call and mutes the audio. The system also features caller identification when phone numbers are stored in its internal phone book. Phone numbers can be stored and dialed through the unit’s touch display or pushed wirelessly directly from a cell phone.
The AVIC-D3 will be available in March 2007 with a retail price to be determined at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show.