Long Beach, Calif. – Pioneer
expects to expand the selection of third-party apps available for its AppRadio
head unit before the year is out, marketing director Ted Cardenas said.
The apps have been submitted to
Apple for approval, and Pioneer expects the apps to be available “sooner rather
than later in the calendar year,” he said.
AppRadio is a double-DIN
AM/FM RDS head unit whose primary source of content is the iPhone. It began shipping
in June, and Cardenas described sales so far as “good” and “meeting
At an everyday $399, AppRadio
features a capacitive
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, which enables users to find a destination and
view route-direction lists to those locations.
AppRadio was also launched with
four third-party apps equipped with a Pioneer API to display their user interface and
content on the head unit’s 6.1-inch WVGA
By year’s end, Pioneer will offer
“considerably more than four apps” for use with its head unit, Cardenas said.
The current 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
For Motion X and Google Map local
search, AppRadio comes with an external GPS antenna whose embedded GPS receiver
overrides the iPhone’s GPS receiver to deliver more accurate location
information. The antenna also turns the iPod Touch into a navigation device.
AppRadio displays iPhone-stored video,
as well as video from YouTube and Netflix, but only when the parking brake is engaged.