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You don’t need a new car for Apple’s CarPlay; Pioneer can give you a lift

Apple introduced CarPlay back in March, but consumers had to wait for vehicles that integrated with their iPhones. Pioneer tried to shorten the drive by introducing five aftermarket in-dash consoles, but the hardware was ready before the software. Now those units have a firmware upgrade that finally adds CarPlay support.

Originally, Pioneer promised the software by “early summer of 2014” and it’s now early fall. The delay is a disappointment for those who bought the [company]Apple[/company] CarPlay-compatible NEX consoles, which range in price from $700 to $1,400. Better late than never, though. For those who have an NEX console needing the upgrade, it can be downloaded here from Pioneer to a USB drive.

Once updated, the Pioneer consoles — working in conjunction with an iPhone 5 or later model handset — will show apps right on the in-dash display for communications and entertainment. The system will also work with Siri for voice commands to play or control music, make calls, send messages or access Apple Maps for navigation.

7 Responses to “You don’t need a new car for Apple’s CarPlay; Pioneer can give you a lift”

  1. hundoman

    So I guess it can’t be long now before the iTunes app store is available to Blackberry OS 10 users, We already have Google App store, Amazon App store, as well as the normal Blackberry World App store … iTunes store is next.

    For all those who don’t know Apple CarPlay runs onto of the Blackberry QNX OS which has about 70% of the car head-end market share and almost any automotive manufacture that puts telemetric or entertainment systems are running on QNX.

    Pioneer has been a long term strategic partner in the automotive space with QNX but I guess that is not worth mentioning in this article.

    • I doubt the iTunes store will ever be available on BlackBerry 10; it has always required Apple hardware. Even this CarPlay implementation requires an iPhone in the car.

      You’re right that QNX is a leader in the automotive software industry but we’ve covered that a number of times before. I’m not sure as a consumer, I care what operating system my in-dash radio runs. I do care about how to integrate my smartphone with the console though.

  2. Griffon

    It’s outrageous that Appradio is not on that list, particularly the 2 that supports lighting. I got find a better head unit provider, Pioneer is just treats it’s customers like crap.

  3. “…which range in price from $700 to $1,400.” ouch didn’t realize that.. oh well I’ll just stick to my current setup with a ~$200 pioneer receiver and a fancy car mount for my phone.. I have a larger phone anyways so I’m good with that for navi