Apple fans looking to integrate CarPlay into their existing vehicle may get their opportunity soon.
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq:AAPL) on Thursday updated their promotional site for its CarPlay product, listing two new manufacturers that will support the technology, Pioneer Corp. (TYO:6773) and Alpine Electronics (TYO:6816).
“And you'll soon be able to add CarPlay to your current car with an aftermarket system,” the updated webpage reads.
CarPlay is a new technology from Apple which integrates iOS devices such as the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5 with a vehicle’s entertainment system, allowing drivers to make calls, send and receive messages, get directions and listen to music while still paying attention to the road.
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Alpine announced earlier on Tuesday that they would offer aftermarket products compatible with CarPlay and Pioneer has also recently updated their website to reflect their new product offerings which brings CarPlay to more vehicles.
When Apple first announced CarPlay, the technology was initially going to support new vehicles makes such as Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo in 2014. This recentl announcement was welcome news, especially to owners of select Pioneer in-dash 7” touch screen entertainment systems, who will receive Apple Carplay support in a firmware update this summer. According to Pioneer’s website, the AVIC-8000NEX through AVIC-5000NEX models are currently compatible with Carplay along with the AVH-4000NEX.
Alpine is also expected to launch their aftermarket products at a later date in Fall 2014.
In addition to the new aftermarket support from Alpine and Pioneer, Apple Carplay is also expected to make its way into vehicle makes from BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, Toyota and more in the future.