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Android Auto dashboards from Pioneer hit the market

by Jacob Kleinman | March 17, 2015March 17, 2015 4:00 pm PDT

Buying a new car just because it has Android Auto pre-installed might not make a whole lot of sense, but now there’s a simple way to get Google’s dashboard OS running in your current vehicle thanks to Pioneer.

The company rolled out its Android Auto dashboards on Tuesday, including ┬áthree different options priced at $699.99, $1,199.99 and $1,399.99. Unfortunately, Google still hasn’t actually released Android Auto, though once it does these units will be ready to go. In the meantime, they also offer Pioneer’s own software along with support for Apple CarPlay.

The cheapest option will do pretty much everything you need, but lacks its own GPS. That won’t matter much once Android Auto arrives, but for now it’s still pretty important.┬áThe second tier dashboard offers built-in navigation, while the most expensive model includes even more GPS features including traffic updates, 3D graphics and speed limit warnings.

Once Android Auto hits the market, this will be one of the easiest ways to try Google’s new dashboard system without paying for a new car. You can order one from Pioneer today, though we’re still not sure exactly when that new software will actually be available.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...