Regardless of how awesome a vehicle’s infotainment head unit is, only the driver or the co-driver is usually responsible for the infotainment “services” throughout the journey.
Well, unless you’re in a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or a BMW 7 Series where you can fiddle with things from the rear seat like a boss, but more often than not, that is not the case, is it?
But what if we told you, that you don’t really have to own these cars to enjoy the same level of infotainment?
Say hello to Pioneer’s latest Smart Unit Receiver, a first of its kind in the market which combines a Google-certified 8-inch Android portable display with a smart receiver, making it more than just an in-car entertainment system.
So, in case you’re wondering just how impressive this new model is, let us break it down for you:
Quick access to music
While on the move, drivers can get quick access to their favourite music using the display’s dedicated source display for radio and Bluetooth as well as the PSS app’s smart receiver control. The app is a one-stop solution for getting the most out of the Android display, car stereo, and navigation, providing a new driving experience.
Voice assistant at your service
Drivers can discover new and faster routes to their destinations with the device’s built-in GPS, activate voice assistants, or even have unread text messages read out.
Safe and clear
Besides just playing music and providing navigation guidance, the Pioneer Smart Unit Reciver also boosts the safety of occupants by connecting the system to existing rear-view cameras and Pioneer’s parking sensors through the smart receiver. The cameras can then be accessed via the portable IPS screen which offers crystal-clear display.
Thanks to the clarity of the display, the head unit is also ideal for passengers to stream videos on the move through apps like YouTube and Netflix.
You can use it outside your car too
The Smart Unit Receiver also enables car owners to use it to work or play anytime, anywhere. The Android display allows drivers to download apps from the Google Play Store. With the ability to pre-select the cradle position, drivers can also adjust the display’s elevation for maximum comfort when watching videos and operating the device. The display can also be removed from the mount with just the press of a button, enhancing convenience and mobility. Drivers can use it beyond the car and stay connected to the digital world—on and off the road.
Value for money
With the Smart Unit Receiver’s multiple capabilities and flexibility, drivers will gain more value just from a single system solution. They stand to reduce their hardware requirements and costs by meeting a diverse range of needs—from entertainment and navigation to productivity and connectivity—from just one portable display receiver system.
Durability and longevity
Despite its usages and capabilities, the system is designed with safety and protection in mind. While the display is built for durability and longevity, the secure mount and display cover are robust, preventing damage and extending the usage life of the system.
“Today’s car owners are more than just drivers. They are digitally-savvy individuals who live a lifestyle that is integrated with their mobile devices and apps. This new wave of smart drivers doesn’t want just a system that accompanies them from point A to point B, but personalised tools and solutions that enhance their way of life and help them with their day-to-day tasks,” said Mr. Raymond Lee, General Manager of Sales and Marketing Department, Pioneer Malaysia.
“Our new Smart Unit Receiver is the first in the market to deliver our Pioneer Smart Sync (PSS) in-car infotainment app with the flexibility of a portable display and a smart receiver, allowing car owners to live a truly digital lifestyle wherever they go.”
“Drivers get to experience a truly seamless digital lifestyle within and outside of the car. For instance, they can pre- set their home or office addresses, and find the best routes to their destinations in no time by using the display to navigate. When alighting from the car, they can simply remove the display and reply emails, catch up on the news or their favourite shows, and connect with loved ones via messaging apps on the go. The transition is non- disruptive,” said Mr. Lee.
That being said, this new product will be available in Malaysia with a recommended retail price of RM2,588.