Pioneer demos aftermarket CarPlay systems set to debut in next few weeks

“After officially announcing its new CarPlay feature for connecting iOS devices to select in-car entertainment systems, Apple followed up with confirmation that we’d also see aftermarket products with support for the feature,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac. “Pioneer was one of the first to announce that the feature would arrive on a number of the in-car systems it sells, and today we’re getting our first look at the feature in action on the hardware.”

“Pioneer gave a few demos of CarPlay this week running on its aftermarket in-car systems, including the video [below and/or in full article] from MacWorld, and another from DigitalTrends,” Kahn reports. “While both short reviews are fairly positive, there are reportedly a few issues that will hopefully be tweaked by the time CarPlay lands in vehicles later this year.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. Listing for $700 to $1400, but selling for about $536 to $984. I already hate how there are 5 different models from just one company. Exactly the type of bloat Apple avoids with it’s products. Having said that… will definitely get one when they shake out the v1 bugs. Just using the aux input now.

    1. I guess you mean like Apple only ever had one model of the iPod, right? Oh yeah and only one laptop as well. And just one phone and one iPad……..

      1. Yes, Apple, on announcement of the iPod, had one 5gb model. One iPhone model on first release, one iPad. ETC… Apple releases one model initially, then expands as it perfects and finds need. Pioneeer, and every other electronics company on the planet glut the market with “features” no one wants or needs, just so they can stand out. It would be understandable if these were different models to fit different cars, but they’re not. They’re mostly the same version bloated with extra crap.
        You’re really going to jump on my ass for pointing out the obvious feature creep these companies are already adding on? And this is just one out of several companies working on this. Look at the comparison page and tell me you need every one of these features.
        I’ll wait for the plain simple screen that gives me the pure Apple carplay experience. I’m glad carplay exists, it’s a big step in the right direction. My only wish is that Apple had total control, as they’d do a much better job. Since that’s not going to happen, I’m fine with what we do get.

    2. There are so many different vehicles and dash designs out there that different hardware units, including different connectors, have to be offered. Plus, Pioneer surely had to pay Apple a pretty penny to get into the CarPlay game, so why not create several models to fit various consumers’ tastes?

  2. I think the point of Car Play IS to provide consistency in Navigation(Maps)/iPod play back/cellular communications while driving a car. Once you “press the Car Play” button, your Nav/Music/Communication system will act just like your iPhone/iPad. Get it?

    The reverse of this is: ever try Toyota’s “Entune”? Useless. Worse than that, DANGEROUS while driving.

    As far as Poineer’s NEX systems- they all have the same 16×9 resolution with the same number of pixels, so from the Car Play point of view, they will operate the same. One difference is that 2 of models have a 7″ screen, 2 others have a 6.1″ screen and the 5th model doesn’t have in-unit navigation. They should be good products.

    At this point, I don’t think Apple Maps through Car Play will totally replace an in-dash Navigation System. I could be wrong, and I think that is why the 5th Model of Pioneer has been added to the NEX line. One major downside of in-dash Navigation Systems is that you typically have to pay to upgrade the navigational data.

    I’d had a 2005 Pioneer AVIC-D3 Navigation system and while the new Toyota Navigation system has a MUCH nicer user interface, the D3 was superior in it’s Navigational abilities, and better sound “customization”. I have the “middle of the road” Toyota Nav system.

    The minute Pioneer releases Car Play for their NEX systems, I’m going to check them out. Unless there is a “show-stopper” (meaning I’ll lose some car needed system “monitoring feature”), I’ll throw one in the Toyota replacing Toyota’s system.

    Notes: 1) The D3 was based on “windows mobile”. That’s what the problem was with that thing. 2) Some cars require a factory radio to monitor engine/transmission function. I don’t think the Toyota does that but I’m not sure. It does modify minor things like how many presses of the key fob you have to press before the locks unlock.

  3. I said this a few weeks ago and I’ll say it again. The car makers better get on the Apple bandwagon. If they don’t, then consumers are going to start buying the Pioneer units. Once you drop $700+ on an aftermarket system for your car, you are not inclined to buy a new car.

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