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PIONEER APPRADIO: IN-DASH IPHONE APPS

By Hubert Nguyen on 05/25/2011 18:53 PDT Earlier today Pioneer has showed us the Pioneer AppRadio, an in-dash device that integrates the iPhone 4 to your car in a way that no other solution does. AppRadio is basically a multi-touch display that is designed to be mounted and completely integrated to your car. You can view it as a peripheral for the iPhone 4, where the apps are displayed. In order to run on the AppRadio, iPhone apps have to be modified to be rendered on a secondary screen.



This is usually a simple step that many developers could probably do in a couple of days. The iPhone 4 connects to AppRadio via a standard Apple 30-pin connector.For safety reasons, some app functions will be locked if the most cars do have such a detector that can be linked to AppRadio at install time. Functions that are distracting for drivers like settings.


At the moment, there are only a few apps that are available, but because they should be relatively easy to port, Pioneer is hopeful Maps works, and INRIX, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio, and Pandora Radio are available as well. AppRadio is really about iPhone 4 integration, and although Pioneer did not talk about an Android version, they have certainly left the door open. I believe that, today, iOS has an off-screen rendering API probably catch-up in a not-so-distant future. the price of the installation will vary depending on the brand of your 3G connection. All in all, this is exactly the reason why I dream of more standardization in the auto-industry. I would love to be able to remove my in-dash system and replace it with something new/better. the operation, and that makes it future-ready to some extent.


At some point, there will be a need to get a higher resolution display, and In the past, Pioneer has successfully introduced XM radio as an add-on, that later became a standard option. Maybe history can repeat think?

REMOTE CONTROL



This wire is badly named, it has nothing to do with a remote control you use, rather it is for turning on other car components.





As per my car kit instructions, I connected this to the wires for the antenna amplifier and the sound amplifier so they would be powered on by the Appradio 4.

MORE CAR PLAY



Having taken the car for a long drive, I now have a better feel for

KEYBOARD



The Apple Maps application via Carplay prompts using Siri for a destination. We were given the wrong street name to a destination by attempt to find the street was way off. My wife pressed the onscreen keyboard button and typed in the address, thinking this would work better, due to the wrong street name, the same result occurred. We eventually guessed the right street name and all was good.


I into that.

ALERT VOLUME



The volume is changed using the fixed buttons on the left of the Appradio 4. This also shows an onscreen slider and an alert volume button to the side. After searching for a method to change the volume of spoken direction notifications I found that the default of 7 caused directions to be spoken quite loudly. 0 caused no directions to be read out, 1 caused them to be read out at about the same volume as the music. This was my preferred setting.

RIGHT HAND DRIVE



The Appradio 4 has many setup options, the only one for changing Carplay is for moving the Siri button to the left or right of the screen.


Nice.

SPEED SENSITIVE VOLUME



One feature which seems to be missing is speed sensitive volume. I suspect this feature would need to be implemented both in the Appradio future software update. It seems that since Apple split out the podcast app from the Music app, pausing of audio when navigation instructions are read out has turned bad. With the Carplay and Apple Maps directions combination, inconvenient in my opinion, hopefully Apple will fix this.





REMOTE CONTROL



like it. I may look into a bluetooth remote although I am concerned that the solution would be a bit poorly integrated physically.




SPEED SENSITIVE VOLUME



One feature which seems to be missing is speed sensitive volume. I suspect this feature would need to be implemented both in the Appradio future software update. It seems that since Apple split out the podcast app from the Music app, pausing of audio when navigation instructions are read out has turned bad. With the Carplay and Apple Maps directions combination, inconvenient in my opinion, hopefully Apple will fix this.

MAPS



Now that I have a nice big Carplay display in my car I am trying to use Apple maps more. While the interface is improved in many ways in Carplay, it is lacking at least one feature found on the native phone display. When getting directions to somewhere, the phone will show alternate routes as fainter lines on the map.


Carplay only shows the first route. Maps is also less feature rich than TomTom for iOS. I miss the ability to set waypoints, which I would like to do on long country drives where I want to go via various places, but not stop to set another destination each time. I was impressed at the Apple maps and Carplay combination working in the hills where mobile reception is mostly unavailable. It appeared to keep a lot of map data in memory and unless I stopped and played with the phone, it never ran out of map data.

KEYBOARD



The Apple Maps application via Carplay prompts using Siri for a destination. We were given the wrong street name to a destination by attempt to find the street was way off.


My wife pressed the onscreen keyboard button and typed in the address, thinking this would work better, due to the wrong street name, the same result occurred. We eventually guessed the right street name and all was good. I into that.

PIONEER APPRADIO: IN-DASH IPHONE APPS



By Hubert Nguyen on 05/25/2011 18:53 PDT Earlier today Pioneer has showed us the Pioneer AppRadio, an in-dash device that integrates the iPhone 4 to your car in a way that no other solution does. AppRadio is basically a multi-touch display that is designed to be mounted and completely integrated to your car. You can view it as a peripheral for the iPhone 4, where the apps are displayed. In order to run on the AppRadio, iPhone apps have to be modified to be rendered on a secondary screen.


This is usually a simple step that many developers could probably do in a couple of days. The iPhone 4 connects to AppRadio via a standard Apple 30-pin connector.



For safety reasons, some app functions will be locked if the most cars do have such a detector that can be linked to AppRadio at install time. Functions that are distracting for drivers like settings. At the moment, there are only a few apps that are available, but because they should be relatively easy to port, Pioneer is hopeful Maps works, and INRIX, MotionX-GPS Drive, Rdio, and Pandora Radio are available as well. AppRadio is really about iPhone 4 integration, and although Pioneer did not talk about an Android version, they have certainly left the door open. I believe that, today, iOS has an off-screen rendering API probably catch-up in a not-so-distant future.


the price of the installation will vary depending on the brand of your 3G connection. All in all, this is exactly the reason why I dream of more standardization in the auto-industry. I would love to be able to remove my in-dash system and replace it with something new/better. the operation, and that makes it future-ready to some extent. At some point, there will be a need to get a higher resolution display, and In the past, Pioneer has successfully introduced XM radio as an add-on, that later became a standard option. Maybe history can repeat think?

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