History of Pioneer

Since its founding in 1938, it has been in Pioneer's DNA to deliver unforgettable experiences to people
around the world through a variety of world's first and industry's first products and services.
In recent years, we have leveraged a combination of our expertise in product development and manufacturing and
data-driven services to develop solutions that will resolve social issues and take mobility experiences to a new level.


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. Introduces world's first Laser Disc player (LD) for business use.
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. Introduces industry'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.
2015 Jan. Launch Vehicle Assist, car solution system for fleet vehicles.
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.
2019 Nov. Introduces the new Cyber Navi car navigation system with upgraded capability to access on-demand content and designed to work with docomo in Car Connect service.
2020 May Pioneer and Continental Agree on Strategic Partnership for a New User Experience.
  Dec. Introduces an in-car Wi-Fi router to bring Internet connectivity to the car.
2021 Jun. Pioneer and Cerence enter strategic partnership to develop conversational AI infotaiment solutions.
  Aug. Establishes the SaaS Technology Center to push the SaaS business forward.
2022 Feb. Releases the mobility AI platform Piomatix.
  Mar. Introduces the conversational driving partner NP1.
Chronology 1937 - 2020 (archives)