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Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Pioneer Offers Affordable Navigation System


Pioneer gives consumers one more reason to install an aftermarket navigation system in their vehicle with the introduction of the AVIC-D3.

Available in March at a suggested price of $1000, the AVIC-D3 combines detailed navigation functions and a wide variety of in-car entertainment features into an affordable device. The AVIC-D3 features navigation functions such as nearly 11 million points of interest, XM NavTraffic integration, voice prompting, telephone number search, and a variety of entertainment features with playback of CD and DVD, iPod Direct, iPod video support and expanded Bluetooth capabilities including wireless audio streaming.

The AVIC-D3 fits into double DIN (7" X 4") dash openings. A 6.1-inch touch panel display allows users to customize the illumination by selecting from eight preset colors or by customizing with 32,000 color variations. Furthermore, the color scheme of the graphical user interface can be selected from one of five for additional customization. In addition to its cosmetic integrated features, the AVIC-D3 includes a customizable opening splash screen and wired remote input for existing steering wheel controls.

Through the aid of the AVIC-D3, consumers are provided with mapping and guidance for the entire United States and Canada. The system provides users with detailed mapping and detailed lane information in 50 cities. Included in the system are nearly 12 million points of interest such as ATMs, gas stations, hotels and restaurants, which can be overlaid directly onto the map. The system utilizes 59 brand icons for quick identification of familiar POIs.

With an optional traffic tuner, the GEX-P10XMT, and a subscription to XM NavTraffic service, the system quickly alerts drivers of current traffic incidents and traffic flow conditions, by overlaying the information onto the map screen with flashing lines and icons. The dynamic system also suggests alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion when it is detected.

XM NavTraffic, a subscription service of XM Satellite Radio powered by NAVTEQ Traffic, provides the Pioneer AVIC-D3 system with traffic data for 44 markets across the nation.

The AVIC-D3 also provides audio and video playback capabilities. Compressed audio formats on recorded discs, including MP3, WMA and AAC, are all accepted by the system. A "Shuffle All" function allows for compressed audio tracks to be played randomly. DivX video format on DVD is also supported.

The CD/DVD slot remains available while the system provides route guidance, utilizing the memory navigation feature, allowing playback of CD audio for all passengers or DVD video for rear-seat passengers. When a destination is entered, the route and necessary mapping information is stored into its internal memory.

XM and Sirius Satellite Radio are available options, and the front-panel mounted mini-jack A/V input allows the addition to other attached components such as camcorders, gaming devices or music players.



The AVIC-D3 features a built-in iPod Direct control feature, utilizing an optional iPod cable (CD-I200) that connects to the back of the unit. Controls of the popular device are fast and easy with music content and information displayed on the touch screen monitor. The search bar (similar to the scroll wheel on an iPod) appears on the AVIC-D3 display users can view the play lists, genre, album and artist folders. With iPod videos and podcasts, viewing is simplified with the addition of touchscreen controls directly overlaid onto the LCD.

Bluetooth-enabled cell phones can be synched to the system using an optional Bluetooth adapter (CD-BTB200) for hands-free operation allowing users to carry out phone conversations through the vehicle's internal speakers and the microphone included with the adapter. When a connected cell phone receives a call or is in use, the AVIC-D3 automatically displays the number of the incoming call and mutes the audio. The system also features caller identification when phone numbers are stored in its internal phone book. Phone numbers can be stored and dialed through the unit's touch display or pushed wirelessly directly from a cell phone.

The system also features the A2DP Bluetooth protocol, allowing wireless audio streaming from Bluetooth enabled audio players. In addition, the AVRCP protocol is supported allowing for simple operation of the audio player via the touch screen.

The AVIC-D3 will be available in March 2007 at a suggested price of $1000.


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