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Pioneer offers AVIC-U220 nav upgrade for DVD receivers

The AVIC-U220 is a detachable GPS module that allows users to add turn-by-turn navigation to Pioneer's AVH line of AV receivers.

Pioneer AVIC-U220
The U220 is designed to fit in a glove box or center console. Pioneer

LAS VEGAS--The AVIC-U220 is an add-on module that features a built-in GPS receiver, allowing you to add turn-by-turn navigation to Pioneer's AVH line of AV receivers. The detachable U220 is also compatible with Pioneer's AVIC Feeds software (but not with the iPhone app) and can be removed from the vehicle and attached to a PC to download or upload POIs and custom routes using the application.

Using the AVIC Feeds software and an SD card, users can also download the Clock and Photo View applications. These applications give users access to five different clock views and a slideshow of personal photos, complete with transition effects for use as alternative screensavers to the map view.

The jury is still out on the finer details, but with an MSRP of about $400 on top of at least $450 for an AVH receiver and no built-in capability to access live traffic data or fuel prices, we can see the U220 being a bit of a hard sell. Stay tuned for more details and a hands-on with the Pioneer AVIC-U220 in the near future.