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First CarPlay-Compatible In-Dash Systems Now Available From Pioneer

Pioneer today became the first company to officially offer support for Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, after announcing the addition of CarPlay to five of its 2014-NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

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"CarPlay enriches the iPhone experience in the vehicle by providing a safer way to access the iPhone features they want to use most while driving," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "With Pioneer's implementation, CarPlay can now be integrated into millions of vehicles already on the road."
As previously announced, CarPlay is available through a firmware update for the $1400 AVIC--8000NEX, the $1200 AVIC--7000NEX, the $900 AVIC--6000NEX, the $750 AVIC--5000NEX and the $700 AVH--4000NEX. CarPlay is also compatible with Pioneer's new $600 smartphone receiver, AppRadio 4.

First introduced in March, CarPlay utilizes the built-in dashboard display of an automobile to offer hands-free operation of the iPhone. With CarPlay, drivers are able to complete tasks like getting directions, making calls, and sending messages through Siri voice control.

Other companies that sell aftermarket in-dash systems also plan to offer support for CarPlay in the near future, including Alpine and Clarion. The first CarPlay enabled cars are expected to come in 2014 as well, with Apple partnering with a wide range of manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, GM, Honda, Mazda, Audi, and more.

CarPlay for compatible Pioneer NEX in-dash systems is enabled through a firmware update that is available at no cost. It requires an iPhone 5 or later along with iOS 7.1 or newer.

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24 months ago

Ridiculously overpriced just because it's using Apple software.


Not really.. Pioneer headunits usually cost about this much.
Rating: 22 Votes
24 months ago
FINALLY.

Been waiting on this!

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Ridiculously overpriced just because it's using Apple software.


this is what quality touch screen headunits normally cost... It cost this much before Apple even announced carplay, and you can (could) find them for hundreds less online.
Rating: 13 Votes
24 months ago

they really should get cheaper. As with this carplay thing all it needs is a nice screen, bluetooth and thats it. doesnt need cd/dvd rom drive no navigation system no nothing as my iphone will do the rest.

I do not see the point of CarPlay on a receiver. Why can't just use a iPhone 6 plus, tell Siri I'm in the car and my phone goes into CarPlay mode. No need to shell out $400 to $800 bucks.
Rating: 6 Votes
24 months ago
Ridiculously overpriced just because it's using Apple software.
Rating: 5 Votes
24 months ago

IDK about using Apples Maps yet. It still points me to wrong places. I switch to Google maps, and it shows how far off Apple Maps was.


It really depends on where you are. Where I'm at, Apple maps tends to be more accurate than Google maps. Google maps doesn't even have the correct street names in my neighborhood, where Apple maps even knows which houses have pools in their backyard.
Rating: 5 Votes
24 months ago
IDK about using Apples Maps yet. It still points me to wrong places. I switch to Google maps, and it shows how far off Apple Maps was.
Rating: 4 Votes
24 months ago

IDK about using Apples Maps yet. It still points me to wrong places. I switch to Google maps, and it shows how far off Apple Maps was.


I wish Apple gave certain badges or awards to people who make the most corrections. I've done at least 150 since they released it!
Rating: 4 Votes
24 months ago
They missed their "summer" deadline by a good margin
Rating: 3 Votes
24 months ago
Just loaded the firmware update for my Pioneer 4000NEX. My 2006 Honda Pilot just got a little cooler this morning.

After the upgrade I plugged in my iPhone 5s and it just worked (see attached image)

Didn't play with it too much (was at work) but made a call, played around with maps a bit and played some music. All worked as expected although it appears that playlists located in a folder do not work - the folder is displayed but when you tap on the folder nothing happens.

Someone mentioned in an earlier thread if you need to do anything to make the apps show up on CarPlay. The answer is no. I had updated Spotify prior to plugging in my phone and it showed up on my screen as a CarPlay app automatically.

SCR
Rating: 3 Votes
24 months ago
Unless I can install Waze on it, I think I'll pass.
Rating: 3 Votes

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