What's New For 2007, the AVIC-Z2 replaces the AVIC-Z1 featuring all of the powerful capabilities of its predecessor, while adding some cool new enhancements, including: Smarter Navigation and Familiar Path Routing The AVIC-Z2 uses a "smart routing algorithm" to analyze and assess routes by taking into account current road data - such as posted speed limits, number of turns to the destination, etc. It also conveniently "remembers" your frequently traveled roads and uses that personal historical information to help you navigate.Smarter Voice Recognition The AVIC-Z2's advanced voice recognition makes voice command easier than ever.Follow Your Guide The AVIC-Z2 uses a Text-to-Speech (TTS) engine and Tele Atlas phoneme data, which enables the system to accurately pronounce street names during voice guidance. You can listen to music while at the ripping and storing tracks at 4 times the playing speed.For example, the system will pronounce "turn right on La Jolla Street" with an "H", greatly improving its assistance ability. The system also includes the Gracenote CDDB™ Music Recognition Service, which automatically "tags" the music you record with the artist name, song title, genre, and album title.
There are those who will question the value of such a function, considering the fact that most people who are interested in creating music libraries will probably already have one on their computers and/or on their i Pods.
The AVIC-Z1 is a double-DIN sized, all-in-one navigation system that uses a 30GB hard disk drive (HDD), to deliver information, entertainment, and convenience to drivers.
The large-capacity HDD stores the entire Tele Atlas database, including nearly 11 million points of interest (POI) in more than 341 categories.
As I mention in my book, you can play an i Pod through a car stereo in a few ways: through an FM transmitter (yuck -- this is how I suffered for the last few years); through a cassette adaptor (only slightly better; still a big compromise in sound quality); by connecting the i Pod's audio output to a system equipped with an audio input jack (much better); or by using an car audio system that has an i Pod-specific interface. i Pod interfaces provide a standard dock connector that plugs into the bottom of the i Pod, keeping the i Pod charged while the ignition is on.
Better still, tapping deep into the i Pod's circuitry enables the car audio system to basically perform a Vulcan mind meld with the i Pod: you can control playback using the controls on the system, and information about the currently playing song appears on the system's display.