It was only a few years ago when we were all playing CD’s in our cars, with our glove boxes crammed with alphabetised CD holders to store our delicate discs. We were all worried about every bump in the road that would skip our prized collection while out on a summer’s day.
Now in 2013 things are very different! Technology has left no industry untouched and cars are really starting to see a massive change to keep up with these advancements.
Pioneer, no stranger to being top of the market have now released the AVIC-F50BT….the all singing, all dancing powerhouse for your motor.
This in-dash unit (type 2 DIN) has a motorised 7″ multi-touch, hi-Res, anti-glare display which looks amazing day or night. Packing a CD/DVD drive it will play films (DIVX) and music alike and even has a GPS chip in-built for navigation. The maps come pre-installed for 45 countries and will include 9.2 million POI’s and TMC traffic receiver for a superb navigational experience.
In terms of connections, it’s probably easier for me to list what it can’t have connected, but then that would be no fun at all. So here is the list;
– Bluetooth – Hands-free calling, music streaming via A2DP and phone book transfer.
– Micro SD/USB slots/Aux in – Playback functionality
– HDMI – Android smartphone connection
– 2 rear auxillary inputs
– iPhone/iPod connection – charging, music and video playback
– Steering wheel button connection – Using the factory fitted buttons to control the head unit.
Using its dual zone entertainment facility, you can display films on rear screens for any passengers you are carrying. It will also allow you to input climate and parking sensor data onto the screen (with compatible cars) to further integrate this monster into your car. A mic is included in the box to aid with audio setup using the inbuilt AUTO EQ for the best possible sound which shows Pioneer’s experience in this area creeping into the design.
My one gripe with these in-car units is security is not normally high on the agenda. Unlike the old style head units which came away to put off any would-be thief, the screen based units normally proudly sat in place with no real security function. But, the F50BT is not only password protected, but has a detachable screen plate….well done Pioneer!
The big thing in cars at the moment is app mirroring and Pioneer have not left this out. This allows the user to use compatible apps directly on-screen through the connected smartphone. With the likes of Apple rumoured to be pushing Siri onto your dashboard, voice guidance and text to speech have been included.
This unit will not only look great but perform it too. At £899.99 in the UK, and with 18 languages in-built, this is a serious upgrade to any car, but expect this to go on sale when the Siri integration really starts to gain momentum.