Pioneer delivers Apple CarPlay to your vehicle via NEX in-dash firmware update

Pioneer Corporation today announced one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple CarPlay, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay featuring Siri voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts and iTunes RadioSM. For more information about CarPlay, visit

Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX with Apple CarPlay
Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX with Apple CarPlay

“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, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., in a statement. “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.”

In addition to a host of on-board navigation and embedded entertainment options, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems boast a more advanced and responsive user interface than previous Pioneer in-dash receivers as well as many sound quality, convenience and safety enhancements.

For more information regarding CarPlay compatible product, visit

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.

Source: Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. “Pioneer’s years of (supposed) expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment” has been superseded by Apple’s first attempt.

  2. The car manufacturers better get on board with Apple or their customers are just going to keep their old cars and install a CarPlay Pioneer system. Once you spend $700 for a car stereo system, you become a little reluctant to ditch it for a new car with MS Sync.

  3. Gotta laugh, people just love to deride Carplay graphics yet even a perfunctory look at this shows just how superior it is to Pioneers long thought out and confused efforts. You can see why iOS7 had to simplify icons so that everything is clear and easy to distinguish and stands out, even if the exact form could arguably be better. But probably easier to ease back from somewhat over bright versions than to have to make fussier ones more easily legible.

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