Pioneer Reportedly Working on Aftermarket CarPlay Compatibility
Pioneer Electronics, a company that manufacturers many in-car electronic systems is looking into the possibility of implementing CarPlay compatibility with both its existing and future products. The news comes courtesy of a Pioneer customer service representative which shared the information.
CarPlay is Apple’s iOS vehicle integration system that allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri controlled voice access to features such as Maps, phone functions, messages and music. Although service initially debuted solely in new cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, it appears CarPlay could be introduced into a wide range of existing vehicles through Pioneer, which offers aftermarket navigation and audio systems for cars.
Apple has thus far only announced CarPlay partnerships with specific car manufacturers for new 2014 models, it has been unclear whether the service is compatible with older vehicles. CarPlay does, however, work in conjunction with BlackBerry’s QNX Car Platform, which is used to power many existing in-car infotainment systems installed in a wide variety of automobiles suggesting aftermarket solutions are a possibility.
Mercedes-Benz, one of Apple’s official CarPlay partners, has indicated that it is working on aftermarket installations, but Pioneer’s potential solution is more promising as it would be available to a wider range of existing vehicles.
The Cupertino California company has officially announced deals with several different vehicle manufacturers including Honda, Ford, GM, Jaguar and Hyundai, in addition to Volvo, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz, but it appears the company is also striking deals with accessory manufacturers like Pioneer, suggesting CarPlay could be widely distributed to vehicle owners over the course of the next few months.