Eco Driving Habits Evaluated By New Pioneer GPS Unit

Pioneer, known for its quality audio equipment, is also into developing rather expensive, high end GPS navigation and entertainment systems for automobiles and trucks. The company has also started recently adding eco-friendly features into some models which help you to drive better. The new AVIC-X920BT, debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show, is one such unit.

The AVIC-X920BT, appearing in April for around $1,200, sports a new generation “Eco Driving” function. This function, says Pioneer, provides “driving status reports and the driver’s impact on the environment with visual images on-screen.” It can estimate the fuel cost of trip routes as well as the vehicle’s CO2 emissions through drive reports generated in PC software and, via a “a proprietary fuel consumption algorithm,” can “also log and archive driving data and analyze driving habits to generate various reports with suggestions to improve fuel efficiency.”

image via Pioneer

image via Pioneer

Also adding to the eco-feature mix are on-screen graphics that provide “a view in addition to 2D and 3D, which divides the map view screen with a new graph to provide drivers with a visual representation of their environmental impact.” This is on top of a bevy of other non-green features, such as navigation capabilities, touch slide controls, Bluetooth support, USB connectivity and 4GB of internal flash memory.

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