Pioneer has launched the AVIC-F500BT that they describe as the first hybrid navigation system that brings the power of an in-dash device with the convenience of a portable system.

Designed to integrate with virtually any factory audio system, the AVIC-F500BT provides the opportunity for consumers to add unparalleled navigation features and extended entertainment capabilities without modifying existing car stereos.

The AVIC-F500BT will offer advanced voice technology for control of Apple iPod music players and Bluetooth-enabled cellular phones.

"The AVIC-F500BT gives consumers the opportunity to merge their lifestyle products and habits into their cars, regardless of the type of vehicle they drive", said Larry Rougas, vice president of marketing and product planning for the mobile business group at Pioneer.

"It aggregates compatible portable personal devices - whether it’s an iPod, an MP3 player or Bluetooth cell phone - and links them all together without having to completely change out the car’s entire factory audio system. And with VoiceBox technology, which goes beyond fixed voice commands, the use of these devices in the car is more convenient."

Pioneer states that the AVIC-F500BT is the first aftermarket product in the industry to include the VoiceBox Conversational Voice Search Platform, which allows users to control their iPods and Bluetooth enabled phones by voice.

On the mapping side of things, the AVIC-F500BT is complete with mapping data from Tele Atlas for the entire United States, Canada, Alaska and Hawaii.

The 5.8-inch high-resolution WVGA screen shows mapping details with two view modes: overhead and moveable 3D.
When a destination is input via touchscreen, easy to follow step-by-step route guidance is displayed, followed by helpful audio prompts through the speakers in the car.

The unit will be available in the States in spring 2008, no pricing revealed.