History of Pioneer Corporation

Pioneer's history goes back to 1937, when its founder, Nozomu Matsumoto, developed Japan's first dynamic speaker after years of trials and setbacks.It was the culmination of his passion and dedication to emulate great-sounding speakers imported from abroad.
Since then, Pioneer, true to its name, has been at the forefront of driving innovation to bring the world's first products and services to people around the world. Explore Pioneer's history.


1937   Pioneer's founder, Nozomu Matsumoto, developsthe A-8 dynamic speaker.
1938 Jan. Fukuin Shokai Denki Seisakusho (precursor of Pioneer) is founded.
1947 May. Fukuin Denki Kabushiki Kaisha is incorporated.
1953 Dec. Introduced Hi-Fi Speaker PE-8.
1961 Jun. Company name changed to Pioneer Electronic Corporation (now Pioneer Corporation).
1962 Jun. Introduce the world's firstseparate stereo system.
1966 Mar. Establish sales subsidiaries in Europe and the U.S.
1975 Nov. Introduce the world's firstcomponent car stereo.
1977 Dec. Introduce the world's first two-way addressable CATV system in the U.S. (with Warner Cable).
1979 Feb. Introduce Industrial-use laser optical video disc player.
1980 Jun. IntroduceVP-1000 LD playerfor home use in the U.S.
1984 Oct. Introduce the world's first car CD player.
1990 Jun. Introduce the world's firstGPS car navigation systemfor consumer market.
1992 Oct. Introduce the world's first 4x speed CD-ROM changer.
1996 Dec. Introduce the world's first DVD/LD/CD compatible playerfor home use.
1997 Jun. Introduce the world's first DVD-based car navigation system.
  Oct. Introduce the world's first DVD-R drive.
  Nov. Introduce the world's firstOLED-equipped car audio product.
  Dec. Introduce the world's first 50-inch high-definition XGAplasma displayfor consumer use.
1998 Jun. Introduce the world's first DVD-based GPS car navigation system featuring 8.5GB dual-layered DVD disc.
  Oct. Introduce new corporate logo.
1999 Dec. Introduce the world's firstDVD recorder.
2001 Jun. Introduce HDD-based GPS car navigation system.
2002 Nov. Introduce a car navigation system with built-in wireless communication module.
2004 Jul. Introduce the world's firstDVD player for professional DJs and VJs.
2006 Jun. Introduce the world's first 50-inch 1080pplasma display.
2008 Jul. Succeed in developing the world's first 16-layer BD-compatible optical disc with 400GB.
2009 Sep. All of Pioneer's main production sites in Japan obtain the certification of ISO14001.
2010 Feb. Introduce the world's firstspeaker with HVT (Horizontal-Vertical Transforming) technology.
2011 May. Introduce car navigation system with augmented reality(AR) scouter mode.
2012 Jul. Introduce the world's first car navigation system withthe Head-Up Displayto project augmented reality information.
2013 Mar. ROHM Co., Ltd. and Pioneer suceeed in terahertz imaging using small semiconductor element "resonant tunneling diode."
  Sep. Introduce the world firstwireless portable BD/DVD/CD writer drive.
Introduce the world firstpedaling monitor systemwhich visualizes cyclists' pedaling.
2014 Sep. Pioneer and Treasure Data form business alliance to develop big data.
  Dec. Start shipping of medical laser blood flow meters to JMS Co., Ltd.
2015 Jan. Launch Vehicle Assist, car solution system for fleet vehicles.
  Jun. Pioneer formed a business alliance with Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd. in Telematics Service Business.
2016 Nov. Develop advanced driving assist system Intelligent Pilot for on-the-road vehicles.
  Dec. Develop a Driver Monitoring System that detects and awakens driver's drowsiness at an early stage.
Start shipping medical electronic stethoscope.
2017 Feb. Introduce the world's first BD writer compatible with Ultra HD Blu-ray.
2018 Jan. Pioneer commemorates the 80th anniversary of its foundation on January 1.
  Jun. Releasesthe CyberNavi X Seriesboasting overwhelming audio performance.
  Sep. Pioneer and Tokyo Medical and Dental University jointly develop a high-sensitive optical bio-sniffer module for exhaled breath acetone concentration measurement.
2019 Apr. Pioneer and Canon agree to co-develop 3D-LiDAR sensor.
2020 May. Pioneer and Continental Agree on Strategic Partnership for a New User Experience.
  Nov. Pioneer Starts Mass Production of Solid-State 3D-LiDAR Using MEMS Mirror.
2021 Jun. Pioneer and Cerence enter strategic partnership to develop conversational AI infotaiment solutions.
Chronology 1937 - 2020 (archives)