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Pioneer Releases CarPlay Firmware Update to its Aftermarket In-Dash Systems

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On Thursday, Pioneer became the first company to officially offer Apple's CarPlay feature to aftermarket in-dash stereo systems. Apple's CarPlay, previously known as iOS in Car, allows users to connect devices to automobile dashboards, bringing an iOS experience in the car.

CarPlay is available on Pioneer's 2014-NEX in-dash multimedia receivers through a simple firmware update. However, these dashboard systems don't come cheap, ranging from $600 for the AppRadio 4, all the way to $1,400 for the AVIC--8000NEX.
Via Pioneer:
"CarPlay enriches the iPhone experience in the vehicle by providing a safer way to access the iPhone features they want to use most while driving," said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. "With Pioneer's implementation, CarPlay can now be integrated into millions of vehicles already on the road."
CarPlay will work on devices running iOS 7.1 or higher but is currently limited to cars like Ferrari and the aforementioned Pioneer systems. The feature allows for services like Siri and Apple Maps to be integrated into cars. Apple has partnered with many auto makers such as Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, GM, Honda, Mazda, Audi, and more, to bring CarPlay into 2014, 2015 and later model cars.
 

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