Hands-on with Pioneer & Apple CarPlay
After 74 years in the business, Pioneer knows a thing or two about how to reproduce great-sounding audio and together with Apple, they are making a formidable team.
The consumer electronics press were treated to a day of hands-on demonstrations in San Francisco last week, featuring one of the first aftermarket in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple CarPlay, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own to use iPhone more seamlessly and safely in the car. CarPlay compatibility will be available in the early summer, via a firmware update to Pioneer's five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.
The initial rollout is compatible with Honda, Hyundai, Volvo, Mercedes and Ferrari models. Using large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay features Siri voice control, giving iPhone users its features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5 can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts and iTunes Radio.