Pioneer is going to be the first car stereo manufacturer to offer Apple CarPlay software. The software is going to be available via a firmware update.
The announcement was first made in May and it is now coming to reality. Pioneer is bringing Apple CarPlay to dashboards via an update for its 2014 NEX series of multimedia receivers.
The Apple CarPlay software makes Pioneer the first to the aftermarket car stereo manufacturer with a CarPlay compatible receiver. And as of now, this is the only way to get the technology short of buying a new Ferrari FF.
If own NEX, you can download the new software and flash it via your receiver’s USB input with the help of a portable memory device.
The compatible receivers in the United States are the AVIC series 5000NEX, 6000NEX, 7000NEX and the 8000NEX, and the AVH series 4000NEX. The cost ranges from $700 to $1400.
If you are not comfortable doing this on your own, you can take the car to an authorized Pioneer dealer to have the CarPlay firmware updated for you by a professional installer.
An updated receiver will be able to connect via USB to lighting cable to an iPhone 5 or a later model. These will interact with the Apple CarPlay interface on the NEX receiver’s large color touch screen.
The CarPlay also features the Siri voice control for text messaging, calls, Apple Maps navigation, and access to music libraries.
“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. With Pioneer’s implementation, CarPlay can now be integrated into millions of vehicles already on the road,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electro