Huge seven-inch displays in your car are nothing new, but this is the first time that I’ve heard of a head unit quite like this. Pioneer has five new “HDD Raku Navi” models, all of which come loaded with a 30GB hard drive that will keep your head bobbing for hours on end, while ensuring that you are staying on the right path to the ski chalet.
The widescreen LCD sports a 234 x 480 resolution, giving you the ability to playback DVD videos and watch analog TV (with the integrated tuner). On the music front, it’ll swallow regular CDs, as well as WMA and MP3 files, adding one-touch CD ripping and MiniDisc playback on select models. Naturally, GPS navigation is part of the picture too.
Pricing will range from 210,000 yen to 325,500 yen (US$1,755 to $2,721) when they hit the market starting later this month.