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Alpine Planning to Release Aftermarket CarPlay Console This Fall

Car electronics manufacturer Alpine will begin selling a standalone aftermarket console that will support Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, reports Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. Alpine's offering, which will likely be the first aftermarket device to support CarPlay, is said to hit the United States and Europe this year with a cost of around $500 to $700.

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While CarPlay will be found in a number of announced and upcoming vehicles from manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, and Honda, the integration of the system into older vehicles has been a topic of much discussion in recent months. Pioneer Electronics expressed interest in implementing CarPlay compatibility with its existing and future products, only to back away from its comments soon after. Other companies, such as Kenwood, have indicated to MacRumors that CarPlay is only being looked at for integration and that adoption is not currently imminent.

Recently, automotive peripheral company Clarion also hinted at the possibility of bringing CarPlay its aftermarket in-dash systems. In an email to MacRumors, the firm noted that it has been working with Apple "from the start" and that it would be further developing its Smart Access in-car infotainment system and CarPlay for different purposes. Ultimately, the company stated that it will support CarPlay in both its aftermarket and OEM products at some point in the future.

Apple announced its CarPlay iOS vehicle integration feature last month at the Geneva International Motor Show. The feature allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri voice controlled access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, messages, and music. The feature was included in Apple's iOS 7.1 update and works with Lighting-enabled iPhones including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5.

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23 weeks ago
I will buy this.
Rating: 9 Votes
23 weeks ago
Or just buy a mount for your iPhone and call it done.
Rating: 7 Votes
23 weeks ago

Or just buy a mount for your iPhone and call it done.


that's all well and good, and it's what I currently do, but it's not the same thing. At all.
Rating: 7 Votes
23 weeks ago
I would buy it if it costs around $300. However, I'm afraid that won't happen for a couple of years. I'll be in the market for an entirely new vehicle by the time these systems are within the $300 price range.
Rating: 5 Votes
23 weeks ago

...is said to hit the United States and Europe this year with a cost of around $500 to $700.


BEFORE installation. After installation, $1000+.
Rating: 3 Votes
23 weeks ago

BEFORE installation. After installation, $1000+.


Bah, this stuff is pretty easy DIY.
Rating: 3 Votes
23 weeks ago

I want one. Now.


Apple isn't releasing this..

Alpine
Rating: 3 Votes
23 weeks ago
Pass.

Aftermarket is the key to Carplay success but at these price points they will not sell in large quantities.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago
I haven't paid attention to aftermarket car stereos since I was in high school and college in the 90's.

Is this something that will even be feasible today? Almost all recent cars have elaborate built-in radios and other electronic systems. And it's been like that for quite a few years.

You'll need a car that is capable of accepting an aftermarket car stereo with a large screen... and be willing to part with $1000+

Obviously the folks at Alpine have though of this... I'm just curious how it will work out.
Rating: 2 Votes
23 weeks ago

Its not the same, the phone is not optimized for use that far away from your eyes where as CarPlay would be.


My eyes are on the road, not electro-whiz-screens. Maps have turn by turn nav, Bluetooth some music. Can't say that one 'needs' much more.
Rating: 2 Votes

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