Pioneer has announced a new portable navigation device, the Pioneer AVIC-S1. The new Pioneer GPS includes a 3.5 inch touch screen display, 2 GB of flash memory for map storage, as well as Bluetooth support. The Pioneer AVIC-S1 is powered by a SiRF Star III receiver.
Pioneer is using NAVTEQ maps in the AVIC-S1 and the POI database contains 1.5 million entries. Map upgrades are possible via an SD card slot. Maps can be displayed in 2D or 3D modes. Voice prompts are available as well as automatic route calculation to help you find your way.
“We’ve designed the Pioneer AVIC-S1 with the features consumers look for in a portable navigation product: transportability, ease of use and affordability,” said Karen Rubin, director of marketing and product planning for navigation products.
The system is designed to be very portable weighing only 180 grams and taking up 4.1″ X 3.5″ X 0.7″ inches of space. Advanced features include the ability to pair the device with your Bluetooth enabled cellular phone for phone calls. The Pioneer AVIC-S1 will then play audio through the built-in speaker and your voice is transmitted by the built in microphone.
The AVIC-S1 comes with an AC adapter, 12V power adapter, carrying case, mounting hardware, and a USB cable. Expect to be able to get a Pioneer AVIC-S1 for your car starting in June at a retail price of $599.