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Old 10-01-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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In its seemingly ineluctable march toward becoming the glue that connects all technologies, the Apple iPhone has just added another: in-car navigation systems. Pioneer has introduced the first iPhone app that works with Pioneer’s in-dash systems, allowing owners to transfer destinations directly from the handset to the car’s system.

The idea is that iPhone owners can use the free Pioneer AVIC Feeds app to choose locations and points of interest before getting into the car. Once you’re behind the wheel, the phone transfers the destinations directly to the Pioneer in-dash systems via Bluetooth. Locations are chosen on the phone using Google Maps and then a tap of a push-pin icon saves the spot as a contact in the handset’s phone book. It shows up later on the car’s navigation system as a contact with a push-pin graphic next to it so that a single button push starts you on your route.

It means that drivers can plan trips better or store destinations, such as a trendy new restaurant, using their iPhones. No more wasted time sitting behind the wheel tapping in street numbers or fumbling with voice commands while the rest of the family whines or, worse, mocks your efforts. While taking advantage of their communication abilities, the new application also addresses several shortcomings of cellphones. They don’t make for very good navigation devices because they’re too small, too slow and usually need a cell signal to tell you where to go.

The AVIC Feeds app works with two Pioneer navigation/stereo systems, the $599 AVIC-U310BT and the top-of-the-line $1,599 AVIC-Z110BT.

Karen Rubin, Pioneer’s director of product planning for navigation, said the application offered another advantage by providing up-to-date points of interest gleaned from Google Maps versus the listed locations of in-dash systems, which can often be out of date. At the moment, however, the iPhone application is not able to update other parts of the Pioneer systems, although Ms. Rubin said that was definitely a possibility in the future.

“The whole idea of apps really has opened a lot of doors for us, and this is really just our first step,” she said
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:22 PM   #2
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Remember those detachable faceplates for stereos? Why not just use the iPhone for the faceplate on stereos? Tech likes this needs more crossover. Kudos to pioneer for doing what so many people think car hardware should have been doing 10 years ago - communicating with other hardware.
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