CES 2019: Pioneer's Smart Sync In-Dash Smartphone Receiver Turns Your iPhone Into a Car Radio Display

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Pioneer today announced the U.S. launch of the SPH-10BT, a new in-dash digital media receiver designed to work with a smartphone as a display.

The SPH-10BT is Pioneer's first receiver of this type equipped with a built-in smartphone cradle that integrates your own iPhone or Android device into your car's entertainment system.


While in the cradle, the smartphone becomes "visually combined" with the receiver, turning it into a full high-resolution LCD display for accessing Pioneer Smart Sync Driving functions via touch controls when paired with Pioneer's receiver.
"The single-DIN chassis size is almost universal, with the ability to be installed in both older and newer vehicles. However, given its compact size, a single-DIN receiver often lacks a large touchscreen or the ability to integrate well with the smartphone," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "The SPH-10BT offers a very unique solution by integrating the smartphone both electronically and physically."
The SPH-10BT smartphone setup is compatible with Pioneer's ND-PS1 rear parking sensors and will provide both audible object warnings and visual indicators when connected to sensors installed in the rear vehicle bumper.


While the smartphone integration offers up simple touch controls, the SPH-10BT is also equipped with physical buttons for switching between music sources, activating voice control, accessing navigation apps, reading incoming messages, making phone calls over Bluetooth, and launching into the Pioneer Smart Sync app.

A smartphone is able to connect to the SPH-10BT over Bluetooth, allowing for access to hands-free calling and music streaming. The SPH-10BT also features an anti-theft detachable panel, a customizable user interface, and MIXTRAX integration for "non-stop mix of your music library complete with DJ-inspired effects and club-style illumination."


Pioneer plans to launch the SPH-10BT in the U.S. in February, and it will cost $150, with installation costs not included in that price tag. The SPH-10BT is already available for purchase in Europe.

Article Link: CES 2019: Pioneer's Smart Sync In-Dash Smartphone Receiver Turns Your iPhone Into a Car Radio Display
 

Rychiar

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sounds pretty useless. cars already do bluetooth which is lossy and why would I need to see the speed on my phone when its on my dash...
 

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May be useful for cars with a single-DIN radio slot, but I would think most are double-DIN nowadays. Also, hopefully you have a Plus or a Max, because otherwise that's going to be a tiny screen from that far away.
 
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A company (can’t remember who) did this years ago, and it never caught on. I think it’s a great idea. When it brings the price down, like it did here. :cool:
It was Sony.
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Maybe useful for cars with a single-DIN radio slot, but I would think most are double-DIN nowadays.
A tad bit over 85% of cars on the road have double din or larger stereos is the last stat I heard. Single dins are still a cost effective way to get modern tech or replace a broken stereo in even newer cars.
 

JeffSmith

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Really like the concept. But the execution is really weak. UI is really dated.

A nice cradle, while using the din body to enclose a great amp, simple programmable buttons, am/fm receiver and wireless/wired charging for the phone would be super tempting.
 
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While this is a neat solution for cars without CarPlay (maybe) the execution is lacking in that video. It totally blocks the AC vents. Living in Phoenix AZ, that's a big issue for me. Can't block the sweet sweet cool air.

On a side note, I suppose it keeps the phone super chilled though.
 
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Wow, I think I like this idea much more than CarPlay. Maybe some tweaks to be done in the execution, but gives a much better display in a familiar form factor and solves the "take the front panel with you so it doesn't get stolen" problem all in one go.

That said the disco looks are a bit much to take...
 

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If they really wanted to seal the deal they'd find a way to wirelessly charge at the same time....
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While this is a neat solution for cars without CarPlay (maybe) the execution is lacking in that video. It totally blocks the AC vents. Living in Phoenix AZ, that's a big issue for me. Can't block the sweet sweet cool air.

On a side note, I suppose it keeps the phone super chilled though.
As a fellow Phoenix resident, I can't tell you how many times I've left my phone in the car when going inside a Circle K or something, only to have to hold my phone in front of the AC vent due to an overheat warning when I get back.
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A company (can’t remember who) did this years ago, and it never caught on. I think it’s a great idea. When it brings the price down, like it did here. :cool:
Dual was the name of that company. They put those out then Apple went and dropped the dock connector. Short lived but cool product.
 
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May be useful for cars with a single-DIN radio slot, but I would think most are double-DIN nowadays. Also, hopefully you have a Plus or a Max, because otherwise that's going to be a tiny screen from that far away.
All most standard double dins need is the right adapter and it'll fit just fine. I have a single DIN in my Double DIN mount already. One advantage of the Double DIN is you could mount the radio in the bottom half and the resulting setup would block much less, if any, of the vents.

Of course, it won't work in cars that have integrated the radio into other dash components and a proprietary bus such as CAN.
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sounds pretty useless. cars already do bluetooth which is lossy and why would I need to see the speed on my phone when its on my dash...
Perhaps but the audio environment in most vehicles is such that a slightly poorer sound quality is masked by ambient noise and poor acoustics.
Yes, the info display is more show than useful; parking sensor integration is nice but the ability to add a backup camera would be even better; especially if it can be wired into the reverse sensor.
 
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Pioneer today announced the U.S. launch of the SPH-10BT, a new in-dash digital media receiver designed to work with a smartphone as a display.

The SPH-10BT is Pioneer's first receiver of this type equipped with a built-in smartphone cradle that integrates your own iPhone or Android device into your car's entertainment system.


While in the cradle, the smartphone becomes "visually combined" with the receiver, turning it into a full high-resolution LCD display for accessing Pioneer Smart Sync Driving functions via touch controls when paired with Pioneer's receiver.The SPH-10BT smartphone setup is compatible with Pioneer's ND-PS1 rear parking sensors and will provide both audible object warnings and visual indicators when connected to sensors installed in the rear vehicle bumper.


While the smartphone integration offers up simple touch controls, the SPH-10BT is also equipped with physical buttons for switching between music sources, activating voice control, accessing navigation apps, reading incoming messages, making phone calls over Bluetooth, and launching into the Pioneer Smart Sync app.

A smartphone is able to connect to the SPH-10BT over Bluetooth, allowing for access to hands-free calling and music streaming. The SPH-10BT also features an anti-theft detachable panel, a customizable user interface, and MIXTRAX integration for "non-stop mix of your music library complete with DJ-inspired effects and club-style illumination."


Pioneer plans to launch the SPH-10BT in the U.S. in February, and it will cost $150, with installation costs not included in that price tag. The SPH-10BT is already available for purchase in Europe.

Article Link: CES 2019: Pioneer's Smart Sync In-Dash Smartphone Receiver Turns Your iPhone Into a Car Radio Display
[doublepost=1547127973][/doublepost]I wouldn’t really say this is very compatible with all iPhones anyways. I know the iPhone X doesn’t turn to portrait mode when it’s on its home screen. I was kind of irritated when I noticed this. That was the main reason I jailbroke my iPhone 5. Then I was happy when my iPhone 6 Plus did it out of the box. So this was one of the first things I noticed when I got the X. But doesn’t surprise me, considering apples lack of detail in all their products since Steve Jobs died.
 

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It's an interesting concept, but I've got to wonder how the various "Can't operate a handheld device" laws would interpret this. Around here, sure, you can touch your radio, but you can't touch your phone sitting in a cradle. Which one would this be?
 

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It's an interesting concept, but I've got to wonder how the various "Can't operate a handheld device" laws would interpret this. Around here, sure, you can touch your radio, but you can't touch your phone sitting in a cradle. Which one would this be?
I’m struggling to see how this is different to what you can already do by putting your phone in a dashboard mount and connecting via Bluetooth streaming to your existing car stereo?

I do this in my BMW 650 and it’s as good if not better than CarPlay. You can use SIRI to do most things handsfee and the phone still works via regular Bluetooth.

Total cost £5 for the Bluetooth to aux in adaptor from Amazon!

The screen is similar in size and position to that on our Volvo XC90 so I don’t see why it should contravene any regulations.

The rule is against holding your phone while driving not against press buttons whether on a phone or your cars sustems

Having said that any interaction is distracting to be honest and the sooner it’s all done via voice the better
 

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Half–ass execution with lots of potential.

A double DIN format could have cradled a large phone within it.

Wireless charging would have future-proofed it (unless this intereferes with GPS).

An interchangeable lightning or USB–C connector for lossless audio transfer (until Bluetooth improves).

Built-in road noise cancelling processing (for optional compatible soeakers).

An audible reminder to not leave your phone behind when the car turns off.
 
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TraceyS/FL

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I’m actually used car shopping, and this is interesting to me since some don’t have what I want in the radio/integration area. I’m going to make note of this to be a cheaper solution than a CarPlay head unit replacement.

Not everyone has new cars with all the gizmos.
 

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Half–ass execution with lots of potential.

A double DIN format could have cradled a large phone within it.

Wireless charging would have future-proofed it (unless this intereferes with GPS).

An interchangeable lightning or USB–C connector for lossless audio transfer (until Bluetooth improves).

Built-in road noise cancelling processing (for optional compatible soeakers).

An audible reminder to not leave your phone behind when the car turns off.
What about lasers? You forgot lasers.
 
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