Pioneer launches Navgate AVIC-F310BT satnav

Pioneer has launched the Navgate AVIC-F310BT, which it's billing as a combined satnav and entertainment unit. On top of containing navigation software, you can also plug in audio devices and use it as a handsfree kit.

The unit has a 4-3-inch WQVGA touchscreen display, which Pioneer promises is viewable from a wide angle. It has 2D and 3D navigation views, and asssess traffic up to 93 miles away, suggesting routes to avoid it.

Entertainment-wise, it can play CDs, as well as MP3, WMA, AAC, and WAV files loaded in via CD or USB. iPods and iPhones can be docked too, and there's a 3.5mm aux socket for plugging in other audio sources. There's a 3-band equalizer,a nd RCA pre-out socket so you can add a whopping subwoofer in the boot.

Bluetooth support means that you can view your contact list and make calls via the screen, so long as the unit is connected wirelessly to your handset. Three phones can be registered, with 400 contacts available per user.

Lastly, the unit is removable and can be plugged into your PC via USB cable to analyse driving records and personalize the interface. It'll even recommend improvements to your driving style to reduce fuel consumption.

The AVIC-F310BT costs £650 and is available now.



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