Pioneer Showcases Next Generation of Network Connected Receivers - Enhancing Embedded Features with Cloud-Based Content

  Pioneer Showcases Next Generation of Network Connected Receivers - Enhancing
  Embedded Features with Cloud-Based Content

Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) Interface Implemented in Five Pioneer
                                  Receivers

2014 International CES

Business Wire

LAS VEGAS -- January 6, 2014

CES BOOTH #1201 – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today unveiled NEX, the
Networked Entertainment eXperience, an innovative and powerful new user
interface controlling a combination of on-board features with connected
services. The five NEX models, four navigation and one audio video receiver,
are designed especially for today’s smartphone-driven lifestyle. Along with
NEX connectivity and the enhanced UI, the new models also feature large touch
panel displays with the flagship AVIC-8000NEX, boasting the industry’s first
7-inch capacitive screen on a navigation system. Benefits and features in the
lineup include AppRadio^® Mode, AVICSYNC Networked Navigation, iDatalink^®
Maestro™ support, MirrorLink^® compatibility, Siri^® Eyes Free mode, expanded
Bluetooth^®1 capabilities, Pandora^®, SiriusXM-Ready™, HD Radio™ Technology,
FLAC file playback, dual camera input and more.

Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX navigation system with 7-inch capacitive screen (Photo:
Business Wire)

Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX navigation system with 7-inch capacitive screen (Photo:
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“We are proud to introduce our next generation of network connected in-dash
receivers, bridging the gap between smartphone tethered products like AppRadio
and traditional multimedia products like navigation and DVD receivers,” said
Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of
Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By leveraging the connectivity of the
smartphone, we are able to augment and update many of the built-in features
with dynamic cloud-based content.”

Pioneer’s AppRadio Mode provides both iPhone and Android users the ability to
access and control dozens of apps directly from the navigation receiver’s
large touchscreen display when connected to iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5,
iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s or a compatible Android smartphone. Additional features
for convenience and control incorporated in all five NEX models include:

  *AVICSYNC Networked Navigation (AVIC models)
    Pioneer’s full featured navigation-enabled NEX receivers offer the latest
    mapping and turn-by-turn information and utilize the new AVICSYNC to
    further expand their capabilities. With AVICSYNC^2 and a connected
    smartphone, users can access connected services that include traffic,
    local search, weather, gas prices and more, with key information/icons
    overlaid on the existing map screen information (subscription(s)
    required). With the AVICSYNC feature, users have up-to-date and current
    information offering the benefits of the Latest Map Guarantee (LMG), where
    map data that becomes available within 90 days of the first use is updated
    on the receiver. It also includes highly accurate and the fast live
    traffic updates (every two minutes) from its High Density (HD) Traffic
    feature.
  *iDatalink Maestro^3  (all models)
    All NEX receiver models feature iDatalink Maestro connectivity to make
    integration with OEM (original equipment) systems convenient and
    unobtrusive. The feature enables consumers to retain many of the original
    features found or tied with the stock radio, including key services such
    as OnStar^®, Sync^®, uConnect^®, SiriusXM, Bluetooth^® and more. With
    iDatalink Maestro and the NEX receivers, users can access factory features
    directly from the built-in touchscreen display as well as the capability
    to project data information onto factory installed displays.
  *MirrorLink (all models)
    MirrorLink technology enables consumers to connect compatible smartphones
    to NEX receivers using Pioneer’s optional CD-MU200 USB cable ($35 SRP).
    Users can access certain music and map applications for a more convenient
    and safer in-car experience. Similar to AppRadio Mode, MirrorLink is now
    integrated into all five NEX receivers and offers a vehicle-specific
    interface and connectivity with MirrorLink certified devices from
    smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung, Nokia and others.
  *Expanded Bluetooth Capability (all models)
    To maximize the connectivity options and call quality for hands-free
    communication and wireless audio streaming available in today’s most
    popular smartphones, each NEX receiver features Bluetooth AVRCP 1.4 to
    provide browsing capability of a user’s media library and HFP 1.6 with
    wideband audio for clearer overall sound quality, making it easier to
    recognize and understand voices during calls. In addition, the integrated
    Bluetooth features “Sound Retriever AIR,” which uses an advanced algorithm
    to extrapolate audio data left out during the compression or Bluetooth
    transmission process.
  *Siri Eyes Free (all models)
    Users of an iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s device can take
    advantage of Siri Eyes Free functionality with a touch of the display on
    NEX products. When activated, Siri voice prompts play through the
    vehicle’s speakers and the user’s questions and commands are received and
    transmitted using the external microphone provided with each Pioneer
    model. Siri Eyes Free provides access to many iPhone functions such as
    music selection, listening to and composing text messages, Maps, Calendar
    information, Reminders, and more.
  *Pandora Station Creation (all models)
    All NEX receivers enable users to create new Pandora stations quickly
    based on currently playing track, artist, or genre from a connected iPhone
    or compatible Android smartphone. Users can simply touch the “plus” icon
    on the receiver and the unit will display a pop-up menu to create a
    station dynamically using the artist name or track information.
  *SiriusXM-Ready (all models)
    For audio-entertainment enjoyment anytime, anywhere, all NEX receivers are
    SiriusXM-Ready for SiriusXM’s commercial-free music, premier sports and
    live events, comedy, news, exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM
    programming is received through the SiriusXM SXV200 Connect Vehicle Tuner
    (sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required). The SXV200 tuner offers
    a simple, inexpensive solution for adding satellite radio. The NEX
    receivers will be the first SiriusXM-Ready in-vehicle receivers to display
    album art delivered via satellite from SiriusXM for the currently playing
    song.
  *HD Radio Technology (all models except AVIC-5000NEX)
    For high quality audio broadcasts, built-in HD Radio Technology provides
    clear digital reception of HD Radio broadcasts from radio stations around
    the country. In addition to great audio quality, additional information
    such as the artist and song title can be viewed on each model’s
    touchscreen display. Both systems also support the HD Radio Artist
    Experience^® feature, which allows the user to view album art, station
    logos or other broadcast related graphics in addition to the displayed
    text information (when available).
  *HDMI^® Connection
    The integrated HDMI port built into the AVH-4000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX,
    AVIC-7000NEX and AVIC-8000NEX models can be used for smartphone
    connectivity.
  *Aha™ Radio (all models)
    As a dedicated source on NEX models, Aha seamlessly organizes and
    integrates the user’s favorite content (over 40,000 stations available)
    from the web like news, entertainment, weather, audiobooks, and even audio
    updates from Facebook^® and Twitter^®, between a compatible smartphone and
    the car, allowing easy access and audio playback.

Additional Built-in Features:

  *FLAC file support – first in the industry to support internal decoding and
    playback of FLAC “lossless” digital audio
  *Dual Camera Inputs (AVIC models) – enable users to add a reverse (rear
    facing) camera and additional front facing or other view applications
    camera
  *Built-in Auto EQ and Time Alignment provides tailored audio adjustments
    specifically for the car and user preference
  *13-Band Graphic Equalizer with touch panel swipe setting and built-in
    high/low pass crossover with adjustable points and slopes
  *7.9 million Points of Interest on AVIC models
  *Customizable User Interface – for adjusting color themes, background
    images, clock display preferences, and source shortcuts for quick access
    and convenience
  *Larger icons and display for ease of use
  *Dual USB Inputs

The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900
SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP) will be available in
the beginning of February 2014.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its
U.S. Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer
Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and
computer equipment for the home, car and business markets.

NOTE: Read the operation manual as well as all instructions and cautions
provided with compatible smartphone apps before use. Become familiar with any
applicable state and local laws. Pay attention to the road, limit glances to
the device, and do not use any feature if it cannot be operated safely in your
location and environment. Distracted driving may result in serious injury,
including death.

^1 Bluetooth functionality requires a compatible Bluetooth-enabled mobile
phone. Certain Bluetooth features may not be supported by all compatible
Bluetooth-enabled devices, and/or the functionality of such features may be
limited in certain devices or by certain wireless carriers.

^2 AVICSYNC services available in Spring 2014.

^3 Retained features may vary by vehicle. Check compatibility
athttp://audio.idatalink.com/maestro. Maestro RR module and additional
accessory cables required.

PIONEER and APPRADIO are registered trademarks of Pioneer Corporation.
Android is a trademark of Google Inc.
BLUETOOTH is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
iPhone and iPod are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other
countries.
Pandora is a registered trademark of Pandora Media, Inc.
MirrorLink and the MirrorLink logo are trademarks of the Car Connectivity
Consortium LLC.
iDatalink and Maestro are trademarks or registered trademarks of Automotive
Data Solutions Inc.
Aha is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc.
Sirius, XM, SiriusXM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius
XM Radio Inc. and its subsidiaries.
“HD Radio” and “Artist Experience” are proprietary trademarks of iBiquity
Digital Corporation.
OnStar is a registered trademark of OnStar, LLC.
Sync is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.
uConnect is a registered trademark of uConnect, Inc.
Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc.
Twitter is a registered trademark of Twitter, Inc.

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Contact:

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.
Jaed Arzadon, 310-952-2451
jaed.arzadon@pioneer-usa.com
or
Katherine Harbeston, 310-952-2388
katherine.harbeston@pioneer-usa.com
or
Dana Block, 310-496-4460
dana@allisonpr.com