California, USA, 24 April 2006: Pioneer Electronics Inc. has unveiled the AVIC-S1, a compact and lightweight portable navigation device that gives drivers access to the entire map of the United States and Canada in a system slightly bigger than the palm of a hand. The system combines the essentials of an installed navigation system with the convenience of a true portable gadget that can be transported easily from car-to-car. The AVIC-S1 is fully contained in a 4.1″ X 3.5″ X 0.7″ chassis, which includes a 3.5-inch touch panel display, 2 gigabyte flash memory for map storage, SiRF Star III GPS receiver, Bluetooth(TM) support and built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery to quickly deliver door-to-door route calculations and voice instructions.
The AVIC-S1 comes preloaded with NAVTEQ(R) map data, a comprehensive database of the U.S. and Canada and 1.5 million of the most popular points of interest that includes restaurants, gas stations and ATMs. A smart digital (SD) card slot located on the side of the unit allows for future map updates. The system utilizes a colorful TFT touch panel monitor and an innovative jog dial to control an intuitive graphical user interface that simplifies name, address and points of interest search. A 2D and 3D view mode, screen arrow indicators and voice instructions help make sure drivers are on the correct path to their destination. Additionally, if the user strays from the given route, the system automatically calculates a new route to allow the driver to find the final destination.
The system also supports Bluetooth v1.2 technology allowing hands-free operation of Bluetooth enabled cell phones. When a cell phone is paired with the AVIC-S1, conversations are carried out through the unit’s microphone and built-in speaker. Phone numbers on the cell phone can be transferred to the memory and dialed through the touch panel display.