a tech firm known to keep a tight hold on its software, has partnered
with Pioneer to make CarPlay technology available for the Japanese
firm's in-dash car multimedia systems. The team-up between the two firms
will eliminate the option to buy a new car for experiencing the Apple
CarPlay, and represents one of the first such aftermarket systems.
CarPlay compatibility will reach the already available Pioneer in-dash
car multimedia systems in the form of a firmware update in "early summer
2014". However, the details of this update have not been mentioned for
It has been also understood that the firmware update for
Apple CarPlay will be compatible
with Pioneer's NEX (Networked Entertainment eXperience) series of
multimedia systems that includes AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX,
AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX and AVH-4000NEX models as per the Pioneer
website. Some of the
countries support AVIC-F60DAB, AVIC-F960BT, AVIC-F960DAB and AVH-X8600BT
systems for CarPlay.
Additionally, Apple's CarPlay will be
compatible with Apple iPhone 5s, Phone 5c and iPhone 5, all running the latest iOS
7.1. The users would require a lightning connector to connect the
in-dash Pioneer's multimedia system with the handset in order to
"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," stated
Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics
Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA), as per Business Wire.
"By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer's 2014 in-dash multimedia
systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their
Apple announced its CarPlay in-car technology
last month along with the number of features.
Users will be able to trigger Siri via a steering-mounted button; cars
with touchscreens will be able to display a customized iOS-like
interface, and physical knobs and buttons in the car will hook into
CarPlay as well; directions can be displayed on-screen using Apple Maps.
will also be able to predict where you need directions to using
contextual data that can already be identified in your phone's
reminders, email, messages and calendar apps.
Some of the
automobile manufacturers that are confirmed to include Apple's CarPlay
in-car system will be
Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, as per the official
Apple CarPlay website.