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author photo by Autotrader April 2011

If there were one tech trend we’d bet our hard earned money on, it’s the increasing importance of mobile devices. This has a direct relationship to automobiles since it means hardware based in-car components will soon be a thing of the past. In fact, those types of systems are already feeling outdated. Ford knows it; the company’s Sync system relies on a customer’s phone to run certain features meaning greater flexibility and easy updating of software to add features.

This type of information and service delivery is known as “cloud based” meaning the information comes from outside the car rather than inside the car. This works well for many people since being connected is what matters most and many people today have smartphone or at least cell phones.

But staying connected in whatever car you have just got a little easier thanks to Pioneer’s new AVIC-Z130BT in-dash navigation and audio system. iPhone users can download a free Aha Radio app and that collects data from various sources. This allows you access to over 100 content and pod-cast channels including road and traffic conditions and both Facebook and Twitter updates. The Facebook and Twitter functions work sort of like a news feed. The system will read your updates and other people’s tweets to you, but you cannot post updates of your own. iPhone users can also access a local search function. For example the “hungry” station will help you find restaurants near you and there’s a coffee shop finder among others.

Pioneer’s App Mode is another way to stay connected on the road. It lets users view a connected iPhone’s video content from Safari, YouTube and other select apps directly on the AVIC’s high resolution screen. This can be accessed only when the vehicle is in park and the hand brake is engaged. You can also access Pandora and even “Thumbs up” or “Thumbs down” a song from the head unit. Clear Channel’s Total Traffic Network provides traffic data on top of the navigation system’s map.

So that you can add even more new car-like tech features, Pioneer’s newest AVIC system includes an input for a backup camera, micro SD card slot, USB input, Bluetooth plus it is HD and satellite radio ready and plays DVDs.

The Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT is on sale now and costs $800 - $1200 dollars plus installation.

This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Car Technology on Your Smartphone - Thanks to Pioneer - Autotrader