Pioneer India Electronics launched its latest touchscreen car stereo AVH-X8890BT as a part of its 2016-17 lineup. Priced at Rs. 39,990, the AVH-X8890BT brings both Android Auto (for android phone users) and Apple CarPlay (for iPhone users) into a single car stereo.
With Android Auto, users can access Google Maps, listen to smartphone’s music, Manage calls, Listen and reply to messages and WhatsApp. With Apple CarPlay, users can access Apple Music, Manage calls, messages and listen to Audiobooks and podcasts. Various third-party apps are also said to be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay depending on the region.
According to the company, the model comes loaded with other features like steering wheel control, Dual Zone Audio Video, Bluetooth, 13 Band EQ, Time alignment, HDMI interface, multi-color LED display, Dual USB, and Mixtrax. The stereo is also compatible with AppRadio Mode- iPhone/Android.
Commenting on the launch, Gaurav Kulshrestha, Manager – Marketing & Product Planning, Pioneer India Electronics said, “All the features in AVH-X8890BT are designed with one goal at hand — minimizing the use of the phone, and keeping the person safe behind the wheel. The touchscreen interface of AVH-X8890BT is optimized for glance ability and readability while driving. Android Auto organizes required information into simple cards whereas Apple CarPlay features big icons with a plain background for better readability. To ensure safety special emphasis is given to voice commands. With the use of Google talk in Android Auto and Siri in Apple Car Play, users get to use the best-in-class speech technology for controlling everything with voice. Users can attend calls, send and receive messages all through voice commands with the help of the Bluetooth wired mic that comes along with AVH-X8890BT.”