If you’re already using a Pioneer dashboard panel in your car we have some good news. The company finally got around to updating its firmware today in a move that will bring Apple CarPlay to the device, though the upgrade is limited to a handful of Pioneer models.
The update is free, and covers a number of Pioneer dashboard panels including the AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX and the AVH-4000NEX. If you already have one of those the new software should install automatically. You can also buy any of those models, which range from $700 to $1400, to try CarPlay out for yourself.
Using CarPlay is as simple as plugging your iPhone into the dashboard panel using a Lightning port connector. The Pioneer display should immediately boot up to show an iOS style setup with access to your music, maps, messages and other apps. Spotify also rolled out CarPlay support on Thursday, offering another way to listen to your favorite songs in the car.
At the moment it looks like Pioneer’s website has been knocked offline, which the company says is a result of today’s CarPlay announcement. The firm is working quickly to fix the issue, though it might take a bit longer than planned before the update is available.