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Apple CarPlay announced in Ferrari, Mercedes, and Volvo. How about CarPlay in Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda, VW, Toyota, and Audi? Now we’re talkin!

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Pioneer AVIC-800NEX Rockin' CarPlay.  Who needs an Ferrari FF to get the CarPlay feature anyway?

Pioneer AVIC-800NEX Rockin’ CarPlay. Who needs an Ferrari FF to get the CarPlay feature anyway?

I love the ability to practice dashboard democracy.  Although I am not a total Apple fanboy, I do like my iPhone, and I would like to take advantage of some of the features of CarPlay. Except the one that forces my phone to be tethered to my car rather than left in my pocket on short trips.

So, what are you to do if you do not have a Ferrari, Volvo, or BMW model that accommodates CarPlay? Yeah, I know I really teased you Android lovers with the mention of Audi. Apologies for my ruse. But you do what our forefathers have been doing since the inception of car audio: You turn to the Aftermarket! Both Alpine and Pioneer have announced CarPlay-ability in models coming later this year.

Pioneer is ready to launch CarPlay-ability on its NEX series receivers such as the Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX In-dash Navigation model.

According to our man Ted Cardenas, VP of Marketing for theCar Electronics Division, “Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first to offer CarPlay to drivers. By providing an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.”

On the Alpine front, Senior Director Hirofumi Morioka said, “For more than a decade, we have worked with Apple to produce products that integrate their technology into our car entertainment and information products. Our new CarPlay-enabled products represent the next step in providing users a seamless iPhone experience in the vehicle,”

Now all the aftermarket needs is a way to say Oh Hell No to that Lighting tether on short trips!  

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