Pioneer Launches Rebate, New Apps For AppRadio

By Joseph Palenchar On Nov 21 2011 - 6:01am




LONG BEACH, CALIF. – Pioneer launched three new third-party apps for its AppRadio aftermarket head unit, upgraded the device’s functionality, and initiated a $50 mailin installation rebate for consumers.

The three new apps, which join four currently available apps, are the Dash Command vehicle and driving statistics app, the StreamS HiFi Intrernet radio app, and the Aupeo! personalized Internet radio service.

The $50 install rebate will be available on AppRadios purchased through authorized retailers through Dec. 31.

The $399-suggested AppRadio, which shipped six months ago, is a double-DIN AM/FM RDS head unit whose primary source of content is a USB-connected iPhone.

AppRadio features a capacitive 6.1-inch WVGA touchscreen that controls and displays iPhone-stored music, video, photos, contacts for use with hands-free Bluetooth calling, calendar items, and Google Maps local search results when a Pioneer AppRadio app is installed on an iPhone.

AppRadio launched with four third-party apps equipped with a Pioneer API to display their user interface and content on the head unit’s display. Those four are Pandora Internet Radio; the Motion X GPS Drive Cloud-based navigation service; Inrix’s real-time traffic app; and Rdio, an on-demand music subscription service with social-network functions.

The three new apps are:

DashCommand: It uses the builtin GPS and accelerometer sensors of the iPhone to display vehicle and driving statistics. With a connection to a vehicle’s OBD-II data port via optional OBD-II interface, users can view more advanced data.

StreamS HiFi: The Internet radio app accesses more than 4,000 live Internet radio stations worldwide.

Aupeo! Personal Radio: The service accesses more than 120 Internet radio stations, and users can search for songs by artists, songs or mood.

To improve system performance and add functions, Pioneer launched a new version of its AppRadio App to add Apple iOS 5 support, multitouch pinch and zoom capability on Google Maps, and easier access when switching apps.

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