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Pioneer GPS unit sports Bluetooth, powered by Bill Gates

The AVIC-S1 is said to be one of the first portable GPS receivers from Pioneer that features built-in Bluetooth, although we’ve already seen the technology is so many units elsewhere already. That doesn’t mean you should just scoff and ignore this device, however, because it has a couple of legs up on some competition.

I’m not sure if it’s an advantage or a detriment – I’ll leave that up to you to decide – but the AVIC-S1 runs on Windows CE, so at the very least, it should provide for a fairly familiar environment for most of us PC users. The display is a vibrant 320 x 240 touchscreen with 3D maps, and you’ll be sure to get excellent accuracy thanks to the SiRF III chip found here. The 2GB of flash memory will come loaded up with European maps, and the AVIC-S1 comes in your choice of 17 different languages.

Pioneer seems to be making this a Europe-only release, at least for the time being, but it is a “portable” model that can be switched between vehicles without too much hassle.

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