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.
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,”