Sony began shipping this month one of the lowest priced CarPlay decks from a leading supplier.
The new XAV-AX1000 mechless (non-CD) receiver includes SiriusXM capability at a $299.99 street price. The deck includes CarPlay only (no Android Auto) with a single DIN chassis (see below) and 6.2 inch touchscreen. It also has Bluetooth, front panel USB and rear camera input.
Sony also began shipping this month its first deck compatible with iDataLink Maestro modules to retain factory features such as air conditioning controls, OnStar and Ford SYNC. The XAV-AX210SXM, with CarPlay and Android Auto, CD/DVD player and SiriusXM capability plus 3 camera inputs, has a suggested retail price of $549.99.
Sony says its best-selling model is the XAV-AX5000, now reduced from $429 to $399. It was on back order and is now in full supply, according to Sashi Hayakawa, Product Manager, Sony Home Entertainment and Sound.
As for future products, Hayakawa said Sony is looking at leveraging its expertise in camera image sensors and action cams to offer automotive rear cameras and DVRs. Other new features Sony is considering include wireless CarPlay and Android Auto Wireless as well as integration with Google Assistant, Alexa and other smart home devices to be able to issue voice commands such as ‘open the garage door.’ No shipping dates or further details were provided.
Sony will display at the SEMA Show this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth 12053.
Updated information from Sony:
The XAV-AX1000 has a single DIN chassis but the display is double DIN, as shown in the photo below. “It’s one of great features that makes for much easier installation. There is a plenty of room for cabling and other accessories in the space behind the display,” said a spokesman.