Mainstream radio in my car is a thing of the past. I always have my iPhone plugged in and listening to either tunes on from the iPod or Pandora. So when I saw that Pioneer is putting Pandora functionality into cars, I couldn’t help but smile. It looks like there is still some work to do, as you still have to have an iPhone – but this is one step closer to internet radio in your car rather than the typical FM airwaves.
Pioneer is taking a big step in bridging the two landmasses of Internet radio and vehicle entertainment. By utilizing a free iPhone app, Pandora Link, the company is bringing Pandora to two of its latest systems, the Pioneer AVIC-Z120BT and AVIC-X920BT navigation systems. Simply run the app and connect the iPhone to head unit with the USB cable; the in-dash radio system will then displays all of Pandoras trademark functions like thumbs up and thumbs down formatted in Pioneers great-looking interface.