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Pioneer's NEX In-Dash Systems to Receive CarPlay Firmware Update in a 'Few Weeks'

Pioneer announced earlier this year that its latest aftermarket NEX infotainment systems will be compatible with CarPlay, allowing customers to install the Apple technology in an existing automobile. The hardware requires only a firmware update that is expected to be available in "a few weeks", putting the company on or even slightly ahead of its original "early summer" schedule.

Pioneer was in San Francisco this week showcasing the technology, which provides drivers with an integrated experience for placing phone calls, using maps, listening to music and messaging via Siri. As noted by Macworld, demo cars included the high-end $1400 Pioneer AVH-8000NEX system, which contains an in-dash capacitive touchscreen that allows the driver to tap on the infotainment screen to interact with the CarPlay system. CarPlay also supports hands-free operation using Siri to control many of the available functions.

Macworld did note some issues with Siri's ability to handle background noise in the car, but Pioneer's Ted Cardenas pointed out that with Siri's ability to learn and improve over time, those background noises will become less of a distraction as Siri learns to pick out the driver's voice.

The current version of Apple's Carplay technology requires a Lightning cable connection between the iPhone and the receiver, limiting its usage to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. Rumored wireless support over Wi-Fi connection has not been confirmed by Apple, but even then the feature would require updated hardware for Pioneer, as the current NEX systems do not support Wi-Fi connectivity.

Pioneer is one of the first automobile electronics companies to offer an aftermarket CarPlay system to customers who don't want to purchase a new car in order to experience the feature. Alpine also announced its own series of aftermarket CarPlay receivers, but they are expected to arrive later this year.

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36 months ago
But before we put a $1400 touchscreen device into our car so that it can utilize a few of the apps of iOS, why not just buy a "whole" iPad or iPad mini and get that installed instead? At $1400, one could install 2-3 "whole" iPads so that passengers could use more than one screen for more than 1 purpose. I think this is cool and all but I have a hard time seeing the utility of $1400 for limited functionality vs. full functionality for as little as $399 (plus installation). A quick look around has iPad install kits for <$200.
Rating: 8 Votes
36 months ago
I don't see where wireless is a huge deal if you are using it it's going to be wearing out your battery. At least this way it's charging.
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago
How about a CarPlay mode directly on your iPhone or iPad? A possible iOS 8 feature?

Enabling a simplified UI like CarPlay directly on your device makes a lot of sense for people who car share instead of own.
Rating: 4 Votes
36 months ago


Why do we need this? Most modern cars have bluetooth streaming audio and navigation. Not sure what void this fills.

The millions of cars on the road that don't.
Rating: 3 Votes
36 months ago

I'm not trying to sell ANYONE on this option. It's just an option.

Why should I care about a "double DIN" spot? Apparently, this is about being able to fit one 7" device vs. another. See the video clip links posted earlier. It's not hard to put an iPad Mini in dash. The clips show it and IMO, it looks great in dash.

What "pre-existing in-car features" shall I care about? And are you sure this Pioneer device will cover them as well?

And there's no way my iPad data can cost extra because I don't bother with an iPhone. As such, my "data plan" costs about $100/yr (that's YEAR). I still get all my calls, I still make all my calls, I still text and get texts, all to a "normal" number… just like anyone with an iPhone. It "just works" just fine. But it does cost a lot less for that phone functionality than an iPhone with it's monthly plan.

Now, if we want to sling: "what does your favored option not do that I could do with an iPad mini installed", about 1 million other apps would by my first punch. Need another? When I get to where I'm going, I could just pop out the mini and use it as an iPad (again, see those video clips posted earlier in this thread). Can I pop out that pioneer device and use it an an iPad? But again, this is not about one winning, I am just not cheering on carplay like it's ideal for everyone. It's not. Nor am I suggesting installing an iPad in dash is ideal for everyone. It's not. What I have offered up is that- for the money- one seems like a better option than the other for me. Apparently, such an observation is absolutely wrong and the correct opinion for everyone would be "yeahhh, carplay is the ONE and ONLY way to go." Now open those wallets and comply.

We get it. You would rather have an iPad Mini. We also got it at 10am when you made the same point.
Rating: 2 Votes
33 months ago
I should send Pioneer a 93a demand letter.

Unfair and deceptive business practice. Triple damages.

Selling someone one thing, not providing it, then lying about it. Seems pretty cut and dry.

F pioneer.

It's tough to blame Apple when Pioneer made the press release promise, Pioneer sold me the unit and took my money, Pioneer still has my money and i have a unit that still after many months, categorically fails do what Pioneer actively marketed it as being able to do.
Rating: 2 Votes
32 months ago
I hope you guys know you could be waiting until next year and be stuck with an outdated head unit by the time carplay does get released.

Every state has laws against unfair and deceptive business practices. In MA it's called 93a. If a company uses "unfair or deceptive" business practices they're liable to the tune of 3 times your damages.

Even hellen keller could see this is unfair and deceptive. Pioneer really stepped in it here.

I'm going to get my money back from pioneer. F this.

I ONLY bought this damn thing for carplay. I don't have a "bumping system" i just wanted carplay and the functionality that comes with it.
Rating: 2 Votes
33 months ago
As far as I can tell there's no working car-play system a full year after it was announced... BS on APPLE for this one, and BS on their BS partners. :mad:
Rating: 2 Votes
32 months ago
Pretty pathetic, Pioneer.
Rating: 1 Votes
32 months ago
Well Pioneer how's that "few weeks" thing working out? Summer has officially come and gone, and still no CarPlay firmware update.
Rating: 1 Votes

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