Pioneer avic-x920bt is a all in one audio video navigation receiver that takes a lot of the really cool features such as voice command and a customizable home screen from Pioneer's big daddy top of the line model and brings them down to the midrange X series.
But the real story here is the unit's ability to interface with your iPod to access Pandora Internet Radio.
Well, the way that works is you connect an iPhone to the device with the Pandora app installed.
The unit will then be able to stream Internet radio over your 3G connection so that you can enjoy the channels you've created on Pandora service in your car.
Through the touchscreen you have access to thumbs up and thumbs down features as well as the ability to skip an pause and check out your album artwork and metadata right there all on the touchscreen.
When you're listening to music that's stored locally on your device, Pioneer's Avic-x920bt got another cool feature. It's called Music Sphere. What that is is an iTunes plug-in that you install on your computer that scrapes your media library and creates custom playlists that are based on moods for you to listen to when you're in your car. Does this all automatically. When you're in the mood to listen to up tempo music, you just select the right playlist and then the songs are there. If you're listening to something a little more chill, find a down tempo playlist and you can hear them right there.
You access these playlists with a really 3-D sphere interface on the touchscreen so you can flip through them pretty quickly while you're on the road. While you're getting from point A to point B, Pioneer's navigation has a new updated ECO routing feature that will track your driving habits to allow you to get a score of how greenly you're driving. And you can use that score to adjust your habits and try to get the best fuel economy you can out of your car. It'a all very cool. We've been taking a look at the Pioneer AVIC-X920BT on the floor at CES 2010.