Apple’s launch of CarPlay came with a couple of basic complications, mainly because the launch didn’t include any vehicle that actually supports it. With Car manufacturers launching compatible models until later this year, it’s hard to see a mainstream adoption of the service if you have to purchase a new vehicle to enjoy it. Luckily manufacturers like Pioneer are looking to solve this problem for many of us that don’t plan to buy a new car, and the company has just made its launch plans official.
Pioneer has just announced that it’ll provide a firmware update to its existing line-up of five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers in order to support CarPlay this summer. According to the statement:
Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay featuring Siri® voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts and iTunes RadioSM. For more information about CarPlay, visit www.apple.com/ios/carplay.
At the moment this will only be available for US customers, and it’s not clear if the company will also support other of its own receivers as well, but at least there’s progress for those interested in getting some CarPlay action.