While a growing number of cars come with iPad-style in-dash displays, there are plenty of older or cheaper models that don’t. To allow these customers to take advantage of Pioneer’s in-car infotainment system, it has launched its SPH-10BT Smart Sync in-dash receiver in the U.S.
The device allows you to dock your smartphone in a receiver. This then transforms your handset into a high-resolution, touchscreen LCD display for using Pioneer Smart Sync Driving features while you’re on the road.
The SPH-10BT comes with a built-in, rotatable smartphone cradle that you mount in your car. Once placed in this cradle, the iPhone or Android handset connects to the system. For those who don’t want to rely solely on their phone displays, the in-dash receiver also comes with six hard-key buttons that let you switch between different functions.
“The single-DIN chassis size is almost universal, with the ability to be installed in both older and newer vehicles. However, given its compact size, a single-DIN receiver often lacks a large touchscreen or the ability to integrate well with the smartphone,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for Pioneer Electronics, in a statement. “The SPH-10BT offers a very unique solution by integrating the smartphone both electronically and physically.”
The SPH-10BT is also compatible with Pioneer’s rear parking sensor tech. When it’s connected with sensors installed in the rear bumpers, users get audible object warnings and visual indicators through their handsets.
The SPH-10BT is already available for sale in Europe. It will arrive in the U.S. from February, priced at $150, plus the cost of installation.