Pioneer Brings Apple CarPlay to Existing In-Dash Receivers

In line with earlier reports, Pioneer today announced it is bringing Apple's CarPlay technology to its existing product line. CarPlay will be added to the company's five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers via a firmware update that will be made available in early summer 2014.

“Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.”

Pioneer in-dash multimedia systems compatible with Apple's CarPlay include the $1400 AVIC-8000NEX, the $1200 AVIC-7000NEX, the $900 AVIC-6000NEX, the $750 AVIC-5000NEX and the $700 AVH-4000NEX. These receivers are available from authorized Pioneer dealers such as Best Buy, Crutchfield and Car Toys.

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Introduced earlier this year, CarPlay is an iOS-driven system that allows an iPhone to tie into the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri-controlled voice access to features like Maps, phone, messages and music. The technology initially debuted as a factory-installed feature in new 2014 models from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo.

CarPlay can be added to existing systems as the technology works in conjunction with BlackBerry’s QNX Car Platform, which powers many existing in-car infotainment systems. Beside Pioneer, car audio manufacturer Alpine may begin selling its own aftermarket in-dash entertainment systems that will support Apple's CarPlay feature. Alpine's CarPlay receivers are expected to debut this fall in Europe and the U.S. with a base price of $500 to $700.

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85 months ago
For less money, you can also dash-mount an iPad and use it at home... These prices are ridiculous!
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85 months ago
I can spend only about $800 to get CarPlay functionality in my 2012 Focus...vs $25,000 for a new car...this is good news :-)
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85 months ago
This is a nice add-on for those of us who buy less-expensive older vehicles, particularly if the audio unit your car came with is cheesy so you want to replace it with something that has better audio output anyway.

That said, I don't know I'd buy one until they put a friggin' volume knob on the thing!

I mean, seriously--I understand the desire to get the most screen real-estate possible out of a small dash unit, but 95% of my interaction with my car's in-dash unit is going to be one of two things: Adjusting the volume or skipping a track. Not looking at the display, not fiddling with the nav, not using some fancy app, not watching TV.

And I don't care how nice your capacitive touchscreen or stylish, edge-mounted buttons are--when I'm driving down the freeway, a volume knob is the easiest, most efficient tool for the job of adjusting the volume. It's not rocket science, it's basic UI.

When I retrofitted my current car with an older Pioneer unit so I could use a junker iPod in lieu of the radio, I specifically went out of my way to buy a "lower end" model off eBay that still had a volume knob on it. Are people really so enamored with giant touchscreens in their dashboard that they would prefer it to an actual volume knob?
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85 months ago
OR, I could buy a $300 iPad Mini and Velcro it to the dashboard.

I must be missing something here.
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85 months ago
Not sure how much I'd need this, but it will probably be increasingly prevalent. I wouldn't be interested in after market upgrade, if my next vehicle has it fine, if not, no big deal.
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85 months ago
You can get the cheapest one for $550 on eBay. Once the firmware update hits and I see done reviews I'll prob bite the bullet and get it
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