Pioneer is using this week's SEMA show in Las Vegas to launch the AVIC D3, its latest in-dash DVD-based navigation/entertainment system. The D3 improves on the D2 by incorporating some of the features of Pioneer's flagship AVIC Z-1 hard-drive-based system and by adding some extra features of its own. Upgrades to the D2 include an increased range of multimedia options, such as video-playback capabilities (both regular DVD and DivX compressed video formats supported), as well as the ability to play streamed audio via the A2DP Bluetooth profile. With optional add-ons, the unit will also play iPods and act as a satellite radio receiver.
On the navigation front, the AVIC D3 inherits some of the advanced functions of the Z1 including the optional XM traffic service, which provides real-time traffic info for 44 areas nationwide. There is no pricing information as yet, but Pioneer says the AVIC D3 will be available in March 2007.
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