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Pi­o­neer has in­tro­duced its largest – and most af­ford­able – range of Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto so­lu­tions in Aus­tralia. All five new AVH-Z series Pi­o­neer head units are de­signed to com­ple­ment the smart­phone with con­tin­u­ous con­nec­tiv­ity and ac­cess to a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment op­tions. Ap­ple CarPlay, Dual Blue­tooth con­nec­tion and Spo­tify Con­nect are fea­tured in each new model, and An­droid Auto is ad­di­tion­ally sup­ported on three of the five. This in­cludes the first fold-out, sin­gle DIN so­lu­tion to be­come avail­able in Aus­tralia with both Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, the $1000 AVH-Z7050BT (pic­tured left). There is also DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio sup­port on two of the new mod­els for the cities where it is avail­able.

Ap­ple CarPlay al­lows smart and safe con­trol of your iPhone in the car. It’s ac­ti­vated by press­ing the Pi­o­neer touch-screen or voice recog­ni­tion but­ton, and then al­lows you to make calls, nav­i­gate with Ap­ple Maps, and lis­ten to mu­sic, along with send­ing and re­ceiv­ing SMS mes­sages. An­droid Auto is sim­i­larly ac­ti­vated and also en­ables the mak­ing of calls, the send­ing or re­ceiv­ing of SMS mes­sages and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic plus nav­i­ga­tion with Google Maps.

The head units also en­able the si­mul­ta­ne­ous con­nec­tion and con­trol of two smart­phones via Blue­tooth. An auto con­nec­tion func­tion au­to­mat­i­cally pairs the two spec­i­fied phones so that in­com­ing calls can be picked up from ei­ther.

Blue­tooth Au­dio Stream­ing (A2DP, AVRCP 1.6) makes it pos­si­ble to dis­play in­for­ma­tion em­bed­ded in songs. It’s now also pos­si­ble to di­rectly con­trol and play mu­sic from the Spo­tify app on your iPhone or An­droid smart­phone. Play, pause and skip tracks, or browse playlists, al­bums and ra­dio sta­tions can be done us­ing the Pi­o­neer con­trols. Spo­tify pre­mium users (this re­quires a monthly paid sub­scrip­tion) can ac­cess ad-free mu­sic even when there is no in­ter­net con­nec­tion via prior sync­ing.

“Pi­o­neer con­tin­ues to of­fer pop­u­lar smart­phone and mu­sic ser­vices at a more con­sumer-friendly price point,” says Paul Pe­trakis, the Gen­eral Man­ager of sales and mar­ket­ing for Pi­o­neer Elec­tron­ics Aus­tralia. “We’re for­tu­nate to be in a mar­ket-lead­ing po­si­tion, whereby our lat­est in-ve­hi­cle so­lu­tions em­brace Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, as well as Aus­tralia’s biggest mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices, like Spo­tify and iTunes Mu­sic.

Pi­o­neer AVH-Z2050BT/AVH-Z7050BT Multi Me­dia Head Units Price: from AVH-Z2050BT $650 to AVH-Z7050BT $1000 Con­tact: Pi­o­neer Aus­tralia Pty Ltd Link: www.pi­o­neer.com.au

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