Detours of the Week – December 18th, 2009

Daniel Lewis

Ford SYNC

From Ford – As consumers demand more gadgets equipped as standard in their car, Ford has taken a step in an unexpected direction by partnering with Best Buy for technical support of their vehicles equipped with SYNC. I hesitate to say a step in the right direction, because this basically means that Best Buy’s Geek Squad will now support & troubleshoot the electronic gadgets in your future Ford vehicle. Now, I’m sure there are some pretty sharp Geek Squad technicians out there but I think you may have a better chance to win the lottery than to get one of them to service your vehicle.

The eGrandPrix
From EGrandPrix – Tree huggers rejoice! In June 2010, Paris will hold the worlds first all electric car and motorcycle races. Outrageous (in a good sense) mileage figures aside, what about the various chemicals and toxins put into the atmosphere when an electric vehicle hits the scrap heap? What about the fact that more toxicity is produced from “retiring” an electric vehicle than a gas-powered vehicle? All excitement aside, I think I’ll stick to Formula 1.

Aston Martin Cygnet
From Aston Martin – This week, Aston Martin released pictures of its latest vehicle, the Cygnet. Described as a “luxury commuter,” it looks like the illegitimate lovechild between an Aston and Toyota Yaris.  The price tag of this James-Bonded Toyota iQ will be around $32k. How many shaken martinis will James Bond need before getting in one of these?

Audi A8 with Google Earth
From Audi – It looks like Audi set the bar a little higher by incorporating Google Earth into the 2011 Audi A8. Aside from terrain-mapping, it also allows you to do an Internet search on the map via a UMTS modem for data transfers. Could this be the end for updating navigation DVDs for our cars? We will just have to wait and see.

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Pioneer Electronics Road Show and Buildoff 2009


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Pioneer Electronics, purveyors of fine mobile and home electronics, invited the RevdCars.com gang down to Long Beach to check out their annual Road Show event. A special once-a-year event, the Road Show is a Pioneer dealer- and media-only event showcasing new products and technologies soon coming to a Pioneer Electronics dealer near you. This year’s Road Show focused on 4 new double-DIN in-dash navigation and multimedia headunits, ranging from $600 to $1,600 MSRP.

Pioneer AVIC-U310BT

Affordably priced at $600 MSRP, the AVIC-U310BT should be a hot seller. With a long list of features for the driver wanting a step up from the typical stock car stereo, this navigation headunit should perform quite well:

  • Full-color 4.3-inch WQVGA touch screen display
  • 2GB on-board memory
  • AVIC-FEEDS for customized POI lists
  • Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
  • iPod / iPhone control
  • 2 RCA pre-outs
  • XM / Sirius / HD Radio compatible
  • Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR)

Pioneer AVIC-X710BT

The AVIC-X710BT ($900 MSRP) and the AVIC-X910BT ($1,100 MSRP) is the next evolutionary step from the U series. With a bigger screen and a host of other features, these two models should fit well the needs of most mobile electronics enthusiasts:

  • Full-color 5.8-inch high-resolution WVGA touch screen display
  • AVIC-FEEDS for customized POI lists
  • Voice control for iPod / iPhone and compatible mobile phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
  • iPod / iPhone control
  • 3 RCA pre-outs
  • XM / Sirius / HD Radio compatible
  • Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR)
  • Built-in MSN Direct tuner (AVIC-X910BT)
  • DVD playback (AVIC-X910BT)

Pioneer AVIC-Z110BT

As Pioneer’s flagship in-dash navigation product, the AVIC-Z110BT ($1,600 MSRP) elevates the game even further over its Z-series predecessors:

  • Full-color 7-inch high-resolution touch screen display
  • Customized touch screen interface
  • Highway Signboard Guidance
  • Voice input for navigation
  • 4GB on-board memory
  • Built-in MSN Direct tuner
  • DVD playback
  • AVIC-FEEDS for customized POI lists
  • Voice control for iPod / iPhone and compatible mobile phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling
  • iPod / iPhone control
  • 3 RCA pre-outs
  • XM / Sirius / HD Radio compatible
  • Pioneer’s Advanced Sound Retriever (ASR)

Last but not least, a select group of Pioneer dealers were tasked with building SQ (sound quality) oriented sound systems in demo vehicles utilizing various Pioneer mobile electronics products. In keeping with the sign / mood of the times, builds were kept someone on the low key side, including budgets. Regardless, the builds reflected a very high level of creativity, quality, and, of course, clean delivery of music. Congrats to these Pioneer dealers for putting together an awesome presentation.

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Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Long Beach, CA
www.pioneerelectronics.com

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