In-Dash Pioneer AppRadio Puts Smartphone Functions Upfront

Pioneer Electronics has decided to join the app party by bringing them to the dash of your car. The company is about to release a simple in-dash platform that allows you to plug in an iPhone and transfer apps to it.

Available next month for under $500, the apps available for the Pioneer AppRadio include Pandora and Rdio (music), Google Maps and MotionX-GPS (navigation) and INRIX (traffic information). Pioneer is working on a potential list of apps that will work with it, but for the time being, only apps designed for Apple’s iOS 4 and the devices that run it will be able to be loaded onto the Pioneer AppRadio.

Keeping its design simple, the Pioneer AppRadio features a home button and a volume up/down toggle switch, as well as 6.1-inch high-res WVGA capacitance touch screen that controls the rest of the functions. It also comes with a built-in AM/FM tuner, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and a 30-pin connector cable for an iPhone or iPod, a GPS antenna and an external Bluetooth microphone.

If you’re worried about the lack of apps, Pioneer reassures us that by the time it launches in June, it’ll come with more apps. And when new apps become available, owners of the AppRadio will be alerted. It’s even possible that it will be able to support other mobile-device platforms like Android and BlackBerry somewhere down the road.

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[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]