Compatibility: The Pioneer AVIC-U250 Add-on Navigation System is
compatible with the following 2010-2013Pioneer AVH-series navigation-ready
multimedia head units.
- 2013 Models: AVH-X8500BHS, AVH-X7500BT, AVH-X6500DVD, AVH-X5500BHS, AVH-X4500BT,
AVH-X3500BHS, AVH-X2500BT, AVH-X1500DVD
- 2012 Models: AVH-P8400BH, AVH-P4400BH, AVH-P3400BH, AVH-P2400BT,
- 2011 Models: AVH-P6300BT, AVH-P4300DVD, AVH-P3300BT, AVH-2300DVD
- 2010 Models: AVH-P5200BT, AVH-P5200DVD, AVH-P4200DVD,
Note: The AVIC-U250 plugs into the RGB connector of these Pioneer
The included SD-card must be inserted into the AVIC-U250 for the head unit
to recognize it.
GPS Technology: The unit has a 32-channel GPS receiver with
a magnetic antenna included. The AVIC-U250 accurately measures your current
location by the Global Positioning System, a network of satellites orbiting the
earth to give you time and position information. The accuracy of the GPS
information depends upon how good the reception is. The GPS antenna can be installed outside or inside the
vehicle. The antenna measures 2.0" (w) x .0625" x 2.0625" (d); with a
10' cable. The antenna features a magnetic base and comes with a two-sided,
self-adhesive mounting pad.
NAVTEQ Map Database: The AVIC-U250 offers a
comprehensive map database from NAVTEQ stored on its built-in
flash-memory which covers the entire United States (including Alaska/Hawaii), Canada,
and Puerto Rico; enabling you to route to millions of destinations.
Note: Car navigation maps are frequently updated. While
this database was judged to be as accurate as possible at the time of its
release, a map database can never be 100% accurate. Road information that is
maintained in the map databases, such as turn restrictions or road names may
change over time.
Map Updates: Map updates via a SD memory card can be
8,000,000 POIs: The Pioneer AVIC-U250 offers 8 million points-of-interests.
Traffic Receiver: The AVIC-U250 features a built-in TMC (Traffic
message Channel) receiver and external TMC antenna which provides you with real-time traffic updates along your
calculated route. Road segments affected by traffic incidents are displayed with
an alternate color on the map, and small symbols above the road show the nature
of the incident. When traffic information that may affect your route is receive,
the system will warn you that it is recalculating your route, and navigation
will continue with a new calculated route that is optimal considering the most
up-to-date traffic conditions. The external TMC antenna should be installed
along the top or side of your windshield inside the vehicle.
Note: TMC is not a global service. It may not be available in your
On-Screen Map: The unit's on-screen map shows your vehicle's
current position (a red arrow by default), the recommended route (an orange
line), the surrounding map area, and your destination as a checkered flag. The
on-screen map shows streets, roads, and highways in a way that is similar to how
a paper road map show them. A road's width and colors corresponds to their
importance, so you can easily tell a freeway from a small street. When
navigating a route, the top section of the map screen shows information about
your next route maneuver and the next street or the next city/town. When
approaching a turn, the map screen's Smart Zoom will zoom in and raise the view
angle to let you easily recognize your maneuver at the next junction. If the
next turn is at a distance, it will zoom out and lower the view angle to be flat
so you can see the road in front of you. The map also displays data; such as the
posted speed limit (optional), your current speed, current time, distance to your
destination, time left before you reach your destination, and your arrival time.
- 2D/3D Maps: You can changes the perspective of the map
from 2D North-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with North at the top),
2D Heading-Up (displays the map in 2 dimensions with your direction of
travel at the top of the screen), 3D Map (displays the map in 3 dimensions
with your direction of travel at the top of screen). In 3D mode, you can see
the altitude and elevations differences. You can distinguish between
valleys, mountains, and elevated roads. In selected cities 3D landmarks and
3D buildings are also displayed.
- View Angle: You can change the view angle of the map horizontally or
vertically (3D mode only).
- Color Mode: The navigation map screen uses different
color themes (Day/Night) during the day and during the night for both the
map and the menu screen. Daytime colors are similar to paper road maps, and
the menus are bright. The nigh color themes use dark colors for large
objects to keep the average brightness of the screen low. You can also set
the navigation unit to switch between daytime and night color modes
automatically based on the current time and GPS position.
Where Am I?: The "Where Am I?" feature gives you instant
access to important information in case of an emergency. When you select "Where
Am I?" from the menu, you get the coordinates (including elevation) of your
current position, plus the nearest address and intersections. There are also
menus to help you locate the nearest hospitals, police stations, gas stations,
and roadside assistance. You can also save the location for future reference.
TTS (Text-to-Speech): In
addition to graphical on-screen directions and maps, the AVIC-U250 provides
voice guidance and turn-by-turn directions. You can choose a male or female
voice in English, French, or Spanish.
Warnings/Alerts: The Pioneer AVIC-U250 offers various
audible alerts and warning to help you get to your destination safely.
- Alert Points: Alert points
are preloaded in the navigation unit. You can also download more from Pioneer's
website, or save any map location as an alert point (such as a speed
camera or a railway crossing). The type of alert point, its distance, and the
related speed limit will appear on the map. Beeps or the spoken type of
alert will also be heard through your vehicle's speakers when you are
approaching one of these alert points.
- Speed Limit Warning: Some maps may contain information
about the speed limits of certain road segments. The AVIC-U250 provides an
audible & visual warning if you exceed the recommended speed limit.
Lane Information & Signposts: The Pioneer AVIC-U250's
navigation map offers helpful lane information & signpost guidance.
- Lane Information: When navigation on multilane roads,
it is important to take the appropriate lane in order to follow the
recommended route. If lane information is available in the map data, the map
screen will display the lanes and their directions using small arrows at the
bottom of the map. High lighted arrows represent the lanes you need to take.
- Signposts: Where additional information is available,
signposts substitute arrows. Signposts are displayed at the top of the map.
The color and style of the signposts are similar to the real ones you can
see above the road or by the roadside, They show the available destinations
and the number of the road the lane leads to.
- Junction View: If you are approaching a freeway exit or
a complex intersection and the needed information exists, the map is
replaced with a 3D view of the junction. The lanes you need to take are
displayed with arrows. Signposts can also be present, if information is
- Tunnel View: When entering a tunnel, the map is
replaced with a generic tunnel image so that surface roads and buildings
cannot distract you.
Destination Search: The Pioneer AVIC-U250 offers the
following Destination Search functions:
||Select a point on the map for your
destination by touching the screen.
||Register one point as your home
||Enter full/partial address, search
for a city/zip code (central location), or search for the
intersection of two roads.
||You can save all of your favorite
places in the navigation system, so you can quickly navigate to them
||The places that you have set as
destinations or waypoints in the past are automatically stored for
quick access later. The three most popular routed destinations are
listed first and the rest of the destinations are ordered by the
time they were last selected.
||Search for over 8,000,000
points-of-interest (POIs) by name, by category, in a city, around
last know position, around your destination, or along your current
||Search by entering the latitude and
Route Calculation: The Pioneer AVIC-U250 calculates your
route based on your Vehicle Type, Route Method, and Avoidances.
- Vehicle Type: You select what type of vehicle you are
driving, so the navigation unit can determine the best route based on your
vehicle type (Car, Truck, Bus, or Taxi). You can then enter your vehicle's
- Fuel Consumption: Enter the average fuel consumption of your
vehicle in the city and on the highway.
- Engine Type: Select engine and fuel type of your vehicle
(gasoline, diesel, etc..)
- Fuel Price: Enter the average fuel price for travel cost
- Max Speed: Set the maximum speed you would normally travel
- Dimensions: Enter Length, Width, Height, and Weight.
- Route Method: You can choose which route method
(Fastest, Shortest, Green, Economical, or Easy) the navigation unit should
use when calculating your route.
- Fastest: give a quick route, if you can travel at
or near the speed limit on all roads. Usually the best section for fast
and normal cars
- Shortest: gives a route that has the smallest total
distance of all possible routes. It can be practical for slow vehicles
- Green: gives a quick, but full efficient route
based on the fuel consumption data you provide
- Easy: results in a route with fewer turns and no
- Avoidances: You can tell the navigation unit to avoid
certain types of roads along your calculated route; such as Highways, Tolls,
Carpool/HOV, Unpaved Roads, and/or Ferries.
Note: You can check different route alternatives based on the
above route planning methods and avoidances.
Itinerary: The Itinerary is a detailed list of the route
maneuvers or driving instructions.
Waypoints: During an active route,
you can insert additional waypoints (intermediate destinations) preceding the
destination. Every time a new point is added,
the route is recalculated automatically and you can start navigating right away.
Trip Monitor: The Trip Monitor contain useful information about your trip. Trip logs can be saved
manually when you reach your destination or automatically along your route. Trip
log data includes - Start/End Time, Avg./Max. Speed, Total/Driving/Stopped Time,
Total Distance, and Min./Max. Altitude.
Intelligent Reroute: If you deviate from
the set route, the system will recalculate the route from that point so that you
remain on track to your destination.
Route Simulation: You can preview all the route information
and simulate travel along a projected route.
Off-Road Navigation: You
can switch the navigation system to off-road mode. The off-road mode navigates
between destinations in a straight line, regardless of the road network and