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Alpine, Pioneer jumpson the CarPlay bandwagon

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Andreas Schilling

apple logoAt the Geneva Motor Show Apple for the first time presented CarPlay to the general public. Back then, it was supposed to only be integrated in new models and several famous automakers such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo were also present the same at the premiere. Furthermore, Apple said it was cooperating with BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroen, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota. Now, Japanese business daily newspaper Nikkei reports car audio maker Alpine is planning to launch a retrofit kit for CarPlay. In autumn 2014, the device will hit the market in Europe and North America, for a price between 500 and 700 US dollars.

Pioneer has also announced it will join in, the company announced some of its current systems will be compatible to CarPlay, thanks to a firmware update to CarPlay. More specifically, the AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX and AVH-4000NEX will soon support Apple's move into the automarket.

"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," stated Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing of Pioneer Electronics car electronics division. "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."

Other manufacturers have also expressed their interest in CarPlay, yet so far do not want to comment on specific implementations. Presumably, Apple would initially like to focus on new vehicles, whereas the accessory manufacturers certainly are interested in the aftermarket.

CarPlay works on iOS 7.1 and with all iPhones with a Lightning port.

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