Pioneer debuts first augmented reality navigation system

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Pioneer AVIC-VH09CS

Pioneer’s AVIC-VH09CS has all the techie trappings you’d expect from an in-dash navigation system: A seven-inch LCD, DVD and CD player, USB and SD card slots, and Bluetooth connectivity. But what sets it apart is the addition of the Augmented Reality (AR) Scouter Mode.

The double-din head-unit wirelessly connects to a camera installed on the windshield, streaming video and layering the sat-nav information over the image. The system integrates with the road, highlighting lanes, identifying stores and creating 3D representations of destinations so you know exactly where you’re going. It even allows you to “augment” the vehicle in front of you, so if that minivan is too staid for your tastes, the system will superimpose something sexier (think Ferrari) on top.

The AVIC-VH09CS is due to go on sale later this month. The bad news: It’s only available in Japan and comes in at $3,700.

[Source: Pioneer via CrunchGear]

Pioneer debuts first augmented reality navigation system originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 09 May 2011 18:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pioneer developing iPhone-like multitouch head-unit

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Pioneer AppRadio

Our compatriots over at CrunchGear got themselves an impressive little exclusive in the form of the Pioneer AppRadio. The aftermarket double-din head-unit (model number SPH-DA01) is an iPhone or iPod Touch user’s automotive dream, complete with a 6.1-inch capacitive multitouch screen, home button, USB ports, S-Video and RCA jacks, along with a 30-pin Apple-spec dock to mount your iDevice.

According to CrunchGear’s sources, the AppRadio is designed to interface exclusively with iOS 4.1 devices (meaning Android and Windows Phone 7 users are left out in the cold) and runs a UI that’s remarkably similar to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (we’ll see how Apple’s lawyers take to that). Pioneer is developing apps for the head-unit, including Pandora and iHeartRadio, while the standard Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM stereo, MicroSD slot and GPS functionality are also part of the package.

There’s no word on price or availability yet, and since the specs don’t include a modem, the AppRadio will pull data from your iPhone. We’d expect an official announcement before the end of the year and should see the hardware in person at the next CES.

[Source: CrunchGear]

Pioneer developing iPhone-like multitouch head-unit originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 27 Apr 2011 14:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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