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Pioneer considering aftermarket CarPlay products, says service rep

updated 04:22 pm EDT, Wed March 12, 2014

Suggests workarounds coming for cars without built-in support

Pioneer is exploring the possibility of adding CarPlay support to its current and future aftermarket car add-ons, a customer service representative for the company says. Although the claim doesn't constitute an official announcement, and no specific products have been named, it may represent the first hint that CarPlay could reach vehicles that don't even have built-in dash displays. Mercedes-Benz has proposed retrofitting older models for Apple's technology, but that might still be limited to cars with integrated displays.

Aftermarket CarPlay add-ons could be expensive. Companies will presumably have to license the technology from Apple, and integrate it with integrated touchscreens, which may then have to be installed by specialists. The alternative though is waiting for aftermarket support from the car manufacturers themselves, or buying one of the few CarPlay-equipped vehicles due this year.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    Do you really think an aftermarket product from the vehicle manufacturer would cost less than something from Pioneer, Alpine, Kenwood, or any of the other aftermarket car stereo dealers? As for buying a new vehicle just to get CarPlay, what have you been smoking? I just checked Crutchfield and the most expensive in-dash GPS navigation system that fits my 2013 Toyota Tacoma is $1500. With a CarPlay system, I shouldn't need many of the features this system has since my iPhone 5s already has them. Therefore, the additional cost of CarPlay should be offset by the reduction in existing product licenses. If you think Toyota would charge less than $1500 for an aftermarket GPS system, then you don't know what the ridiculous markup is for dealer products.

  1. dmsimmer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 02-03-05

    Is CarPlay hardware or software? I thought it was an API.

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 06-11-08

    CarPlay is software (an API, like you said) that requires compatible hardware in order to do anything.

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