Pioneer AVIC – keeps navigation in-dash

Rather disingenuously trying to discredit their wildly-popular portable GPS competition as ‘dashboard clutter’, Pioneer’s new AVIC in-dash navigation system is undeniably sexy looking.

The 11 cm (4.3 inch) WQVGA screen of the is detachable, so you can connect it up to your PC and download new data, contacts and tunes – just like those portable units.

Cleverly, the proprietary ‘AVIC Feeds’ software allows users to create their own points of interest from Google or Whereis search results, and for corporate users working out their fringe benefit taxes, the unit will keep track of their travel expenses and kilometres travelled.

There’s Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, 2GB of onboard memory with MP3, WMA and iTunes AAC compatibility, plus a USB port at the rear allows the connection for things like thumb drives and portable media players. Complete with AM/FM tuner, the 2-DIN dash opening means there’s a good chance it’ll fit nicely into your car.

The cost, before installation, is $1199.