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Pioneer Navigation System Updates Vehicles With Today's Technology

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today introduced a robust navigation system designed to give consumers the same look and feel of factory-installed navigation with today’s more advanced features including dynamic route guidance and detailed traffic information. The Pioneer AVIC-D2 includes a six and one-half inch monitor that is installed directly in the dashboard so mapping information is always available at a glance. In addition to providing drivers with step-by-step directions to their final destination, the AVIC-D2, when paired with a traffic tuner and XM NavTraffic service, provides traffic alerts and re-routes the user around traffic incidents. When an AVIC-D2 is installed, it completely replaces the existing car stereo, offering full audio entertainment capabilities in addition to its navigation offerings.

“With the AVIC-D2, we are able to accommodate two types of consumers: those who have purchased a new vehicle where there’s no navigation system option, and the other type of consumer who wants to upgrade their current vehicle with the newest technology,” said Karen Rubin, director of marketing and product planning for navigation products at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “In both cases, the AVIC-D2 replaces the stock radio without losing the clean, integrated look of their vehicle's dash

Navigating the Roads
A user anywhere in the U.S. or Canada can input a destination (via telephone number, address or business name) into the AVIC-D2 system, and within seconds a route will be calculated with step-by-step directions via on-screen map and voice prompts. New software upgrades provide detailed lane information for complex highway interchanges, helping the driver make proper lane changes. In addition, detailed city maps are available for 23 major metropolitan cities with an overhead view of city blocks with buildings, parks, stadiums and other key points of interest. Powered by TeleAtlas mapping, the system uses a database with nearly 11 million points of interest in more than 248 different categories so consumers can search for the nearest gas station, ATM or restaurant.

Getting Around Traffic
With a subscription to the XM NavTraffic service and Pioneer’s GEX-P10XMT tuner, users can receive satellite-based traffic information indicating traffic flow as well as major traffic incidents, planned road closures and construction. This intelligent tool aids drivers is selecting a route that is not only shortest in actual mileage, but also fastest from point A to point B. XM NavTraffic, a subscription service of XM Satellite Radio powered by NAVTEQ Traffic, is available in more than 22 major metropolitan areas.

Emergency Information
The AVIC-D2 emergency information feature offers one button access to information that may be helpful to rescue workers in the event of an emergency, including: current location with street name, longitude and latitude coordinates; vehicle I.D. number, insurance number and insurance phone number; and a phone number for emergency tow truck service in the area. AVIC-D2 owners also are eligible for one year of free emergency roadside assistance services provided by Signature’s Nationwide Auto Club, Inc.

Audio Entertainment System
Since the AVIC-D2 is designed to replace the factory-installed radio in the dashboard, Pioneer built in all of the features necessary for great audio entertainment. The system offers drivers’ playback of standard CDs as well as MP3 and WMA downloaded music. In addition to AM and FM radio, the AVIC-D2 is capable of receiving XM Satellite Radio when used with an XM tuner and subscription service. It also can be connected to Pioneer’s optional iPod adapter for playback of music from the popular portable music player. All of these features are available while the navigation system is in use. The system knows to mute the music playback so the driver can clearly hear all of the navigation voice prompts necessary to arrive at the final destination.

The AVIC-D2 will be available in March for a suggested price of $1500.

Pioneer’s Mobile Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of audio, video and information products for in-car use. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including audio video, navigation and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and competitors. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years for Premier electronic products.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation (NYSE:PIO), is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets. The company focuses on four core business domains including DVD, display technologies, Digital Network Entertainment™ and components. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

   


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