The Pioneer AppRadio uses an iPhone or iPod Touch (4th generation) as the source of its processing power, storage capacity, network connectivity and apps. All of these features are controlled via the 6.1-inch capacitive touchscreen.
“AppRadio fully embraces the iPhone, which has become the window to our mobile connectivity and provides a comprehensive and safer way to use apps in the car,” said Pioneer Electronics Australia, group product and marketing manager, Tony Trent.
“Pioneer is rethinking connectivity by tapping into the power of the Smartphone, while simultaneously providing a solution that safely merges the consumer’s connected lifestyle into the vehicle.”
The AppRadio can be used for AM/FM radio, iPod playback and Bluetooth hands-free calling; but one of the coolest features is its ability to run apps.
When consumers download the Pioneer AppRadio application via the App Store, the device will be able to access the data of an iPhone 4 and access services like Google Maps directly on the device.
Pioneer has stated that it is working with app providers to enable AppRadio compatibility to their apps. Compatible applications for the Australian market have not yet been announced.
The Pioneer AppRadio will be available in late July for an expected RRP of $900.