The first company to support Apple’s CarPlay is Pioneer, as it announced the addition of this feature to five in-dash multimedia receivers. With this hardware, a limited number of iPhone users (CarPlay is compatible only with iPhones that feature a Lightning port) can bring the iOS experience to the car they already own.
“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 is also compatible with the new AppRadio 4, which features a high-resolution, 6.2-inch WVGA touchscreen.
As previously announced, have Pioneer enabled CarPlay compatibility with a firmware update, which the manufacturer pushed out yesterday. Current NEX owners can download the firmware onto a USB memory stick and connect it to the receiver’s USB cable input.
The five CarPlay-compatible NEX models are: AVIC-8000 NEX, AVIC-7000 NEX, AVIC-6000 NEX, AVIC-5000 NEX, and AVH-4000 NEX.