CES: Pioneer Car Systems at CES

Pioneer has a multitude of fabulous car stereo systems here at CES this year (North Hall, booth 1001). I was given demos of two of the more impressive models that have iPod/iPhone integration. The first is a new Stage 3 product destined for release in early spring this year (the AVIC-X920BT). This system has everything but the kitchen sink, including DVD/CD playback, voice control, navigation and a hoard of smart music features, including it's own iPhone/iTunes app.

The AVIC-X920BT features USB charging for your device, and will include Pandora Link that allows you to receive song info, and station lists (if Pandora is installed on your iPhone). You can even vote on songs just like with the desktop or iPhone version. The new AVIC system will allow you to transfer map and geo-tagged information from your iPhone (for routing to a destination) via Bluetooth as well. Using the Pioneer Music Sphere plug-in to iTunes you can create and sync up custom tailored playlists (up to 40 total), and the plug-in will generate these based on music aspects such as beats per minute, tonailty, and mood. You can easily navigate the Music Sphere interface on the large 6.1" in-dash receiver display to select your tunes (video below)...

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The MVH-P8200 (there's also a Bluetooth enabled model), is a smaller in-dash system minus the navigation and DVD/CD player. This unit includes an SD card slot, and full USB control of iPod or iPhone.

These new units are all coming HD and Satellite radio ready. There will be more CES coverage coming, so stay tuned to our blogs. Even after the show, I will continue posting on all the cool stuff I have not gotten to yet!


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Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.tumblr.com or e-mail him at nate@iphonelife.com.