It was inevitable. It had to come eventually and now it has. In car audio has officially gone mobile. Pioneer, never one to shirk its responsibilities, has been the first out of the blocks to fully integrate a smart phone into an in car audio system.
The Appradio is a WVGA 6.1” touch screen radio that fits flush into your car’s dashboard to provide all your in car entertainment as usual. The fun part is it more or less mimics your iphone 4 screen display and control system, letting you operate the capacitive screen as you would your own iphone 4. So, simply launching the Appradio app from your iphone, will let you call all your usual mobile features like iPod operation with all the music info, AM/FM radio, and Bluetooth hands-free talking and phonebook transfer directly from your dashboard.
The standard Google maps GPS navigation app is available which saves you shelling out for a sat nav device particularly when you discover there is an external GPS receiver bundled with the Appradio to make the iphone navigation system more responsive and you can use the Appradio 800X480 display to watch video, look at photos and surf the net. In case your now thinking you can catch up with all your You Tube videos whilst you’re on the road, forget it, you can only watch video once your car has stopped moving!
There’s also a rear camera connector available to provide you with a rear view for parking and a steering wheel remote adapter too.
Currently, there are only four third party apps that are supported through the AppRadio due to the limitations of the iOS; Pandora Internet Radio, Rdio, MotionX GPS Drive navigation, and Inrix Traffic but the potential is there for developers to utilise this ingenious platform.
The AppRadio is due to launch this autumn and will retail at around £300.