Starting early summer, five of Pioneer’s new NEX car radios will work with Apple’s CarPlay, which would make Pioneer the first aftermarket company to come to market with Apple’s new easy software for the car.
Pioneer will offer a firmware update to render the NEX radios compatible with CarPlay, it announced this morning.
CarPlay gives drivers the familiar screen views of the iPhone on the car radio screen and lets the radio control their phone. There’s a simple screen for iTunes Radio, for maps, music and phone, and users get voice control through Siri so that texts may be read aloud and you can send responses. You can scroll through all the functions here or see it in action in a Ferrari here.
A report Monday said Alpine will offer aftermarket radios with CarPlay this fall. About 5 car makers will offer CarPlay in new cars this year including Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Volvo, Honda and Hyundai.
“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, VP of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer. “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.”
For more information regarding CarPlay compatible product, visit www.pioneer-carglobal.com/CarPlay.
Pioneer’s NEX radios include the AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP) are currently available at authorized Pioneer Car Electronics dealers nationwide, including Best Buy, Crutchfield and Car Toys.