Apple’s CarPlay Coming To Your Vehicle With Aftermarket Pioneer Kit
The in-dash multimedia system will be available this summer on Pioneer’s NEX receivers via a firmware update and should offer all the features promised by any Apple CarPlay system.
“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 press release. “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.”
And boy oh boy will it cost you a pretty penny; the Pioneer NEX receivers start at $700 and range up to $1,400. That’s a luxury buy to be sure, but it’s still quite compelling. We wonder what the markup will be for built-in CarPlay on new vehicles.