Jim Dunne, The Pioneer Of Automotive Spy Photography, Passes At 87

Jim Dunne, the pioneer of automotive spy photography, passes at 87

Jim Dunne, who is widely recognized as the pioneer of automotive spy photography, died this Monday at age 87. We run a lot of spy photography stories here at Autoblog from photographers who have followed in Dunne's path, but the late Dunne essentially invented the art back in the 1960s. There may have been the stray photo of a prototype run in some publications previous to him, but Dunne created the spy photography game as it is today. Dunne is going to be missed by many. Brian Williams, a fellow spy photographer and close friend of Dunne's gave us a snapshot into Dunne himself and his relationship with him. "To be honest he was like a grandfather to me. He was a good man. He was a mentor. He was just a really good person," Williams says. Getting inside Dunne's inner circle wasn't always the easiest thing to do, though. "He was a tough one," Williams told us. "He wouldn't let everybody in. He was one of those ones where you had to gain his friendship, you had to work for it. But once you got it … it couldn't be touched. He will be truly missed." Williams may not have known Dunne when he was starting out in the early days of spy photography, but he's come up in the business with Dunne by his side on many occasions. "I've known him for about 10 years," Williams continues. "I've seen him out in Death Valley. We'd get our lunches together. If I saw him in Dearborn or Milford I'd flag him down, and we'd sit and talk. I'd hop in his GMC Envoy and just sit and talk about stuff. Even phone calls if I had some kind of issue in my life or something." Dunne started his spy photography work when he was with Popular Science, followed by Popular Mechanics. His photos have appeared in numerous publications and websites since. If you aren't completely up to speed with spy photography, know that it's photographers taking photos the manufacturers typically don't want taken. A lot of the time these photographers have to brave horrific conditions and endless hours of waiting just to get that one pivotal shot of the next Corvette, Mustang or whatever new vehicle it is they're hunting that day.  Dunne would expose new models and prototypes before the car companies wanted the public to see them. Why do the manufacturers want the cars kept secret? Because if folks see there's a newer and better model coming out, they may be less likely to go buy the car that's sitting on the dealer lot today. It's widely known that car companies jokingly hung up "Wanted" posters of Dunne in their offices, as they all knew he was out there waiting to photograph the next new model to roll out. His legacy lives on through the many spy photographers that follow in his footsteps. Those that were friends with him, loved him. It's clear that we'll forever be missing Jim Dunne.

Pioneer Wants To Turn Your Smartphone Into An In-dash Car Display

Pioneer Wants To Turn Your Smartphone Into An In-Dash Car Display

#CES2019 – If you are buying a new car, you might be given the option to choose an infotainment system that will support Android Auto or CarPlay. If you aren’t buying a new car but want those features, there are some aftermarket options to check out. However if you think that those are still a bit too pricey, maybe Pioneer could have something for you.

At CES 2019, the company announced a new device called the SPH-10BT Smart Sync in-dash receiver. This will basically take your smartphone and turn it into an in-dash car display that will use the Pioneer Smart Sync Driving system. This means that it won’t be Android Auto or CarPlay, but at the same time it will leverage the use of your phone which should help cut down on costs.

Pioneer Unveils New Android Auto In-dash Units

Pioneer Unveils New Android Auto In-Dash Units

While newer vehicles might give users the choice of having Android Auto or Carplay being installed for them, older vehicles don't, although thankfully with after-party options being offered by manufacturers, those with older vehicles will be able to take advantage of the features offered by Android Auto and Carplay.

In fact if you're looking for an in-dash unit for your car, you might be interested to learn that Pioneer has announced a handful of new Android Auto units that you might want to check out. These come in the form of the AVH-3300NEX, AVH-2330NEX, and the AVH-2300NEX, with the first model being Pioneer's first single-DIN unit to run Android Auto.

Tepco Picks New Youthful Pioneer In The Midst Of Weight For Corporate Reform

TEPCO picks new youthful pioneer in the midst of weight for corporate reform

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Friday it will name Tomoaki Kobayakawa, the 53-year-old leader of the group's power retail arm, as president, restoring the top administration in the midst of expanding weight for corporate reform.

The administrator of the calamity hit Fukushima Daiichi atomic power plant likewise named Takashi Kawamura, the privileged director of Hitachi Ltd., as executive to back the new president. The organization said it will look for shareholder endorsement for the administration reshuffle in June.

Throwback Thursday: Panasonic Lumix Dmc-tz1, Travel Zoom Pioneer

Throwback Thursday: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1, travel zoom pioneerPrior to February 2006, if you wanted a camera with a long lens, you had to get something like this. But on the 14th of that month, Panasonic introduced the world's first compact travel zoom camera with optical image stabilization: the Lumix DMC-TZ1, which had a 10x 35-350mm equivalent lens. Where even relatively compact long-zooms like the Lumix DMC-FZ5 wouldn't fit in an average-sized pocket with its dimensions of 108 x 68 x 85mm, the TZ1 came in at 112 x 58 x 40mm. Naturally, it was also lighter: 250 g, compared to the FZ5's 326 g.

Pioneer Announces Rayz Lightning Connector Headphones

Pioneer Announces Rayz Lightning Connector HeadphonesLightning connector headphones have existed before, but ever since Apple decided to remove the port for good in the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, they just became a lot more necessary than before, especially if you’re not really a fan of using wireless headphones. The good news is that Pioneer has you covered.

Jvc, Pioneer, Clarion, & Kenwood New Carplay Systems As Alpine Intros First Wireless Option

JVC, Pioneer, Clarion, & Kenwood new CarPlay systems as Alpine intros first wireless optionCES 2017 has officially kicked into full gear ahead of the show opening to the public this weekend, and today we get a look at the latest aftermarket in-dash entertainment systems that support Apple’s CarPlay platform. Announcements at the show include new products from JVC, Clarion, Kenwood, Pioneer, and one of the first aftermarket units to support wireless CarPlay connectivity from Alpine. Head below for all the details.

Pioneer Djm-tour1 Digital Mixer Firmware 2.00

Pioneer DJM-TOUR1 Digital Mixer Firmware 2.00Pioneer has rolled out a new firmware package developed for its DJM-TOUR1 digital mixer, namely version 2.00, which manages to enhance the internal digital signal dithering process (DSP), thus providing a better sound quality.
In addition to that, the producer visually improves the AUTO, TAP and BEAT functions found on the main display, and fixes the channel level indicator that was lit when launching.