Apple CarPlay: iCars with iPhone, QNX and Pioneer Aftermarket

Make your vehicle an iCar with Apple CarPlay App, iPhone 5/5C/5S/6C/6 running iOS7/iOS8 and QNX or Pioneer Aftermarket System.

Having the world’s best brains, Apple Inc. has unveiled their latest technology CarPlay in March, 2014 at the Geneva International Motor Show held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Apple is pioneer in mobile phone development. Now they have extended their business to the vehicle industry by introducing CarPlay technology which is used inside the vehicle by making the car an iCar.


The Car Play technology facilitates the iPhone user to interact with the car. Mainly it integrates the iPhone with the entertainment system in the car. This is done by connecting the smart phone to the dashboard technology available in the car.

Apple CarPlay lets the iPhone user to make calls, receive calls and listen to voice-mails when they are traveling. This option is really valuable for busy people. So a huge crowd of customers are expected by the Apple Inc. for this new technology.
Apple CarPlay: iCars with iPhone, QNX and Pioneer Aftermarket

All these features are enabled though Siri or the car’s dash-in touch screen. Siri is Apple software which allows voice commands. Apple has used most of the Apple owned technology when making CarPlay. And this blending of technologies has helped the users to explore a vast area in the technology world.

The CarPlay gives access to the iPhone in a safe manner as the technology is meant to be used while driving. This technology enables the iPhone user to send messages and listen to music. And also giving access to the maps service is also a feature of CarPlay.

Apple CarPlay: iCars with iPhone, QNX and Pioneer Aftermarket

Apple Corporation says that CarPlay will be available as an update of iOS 7.1 and also it will work with the smartphones which have the Lightning Connectors technology of Apple. The iPhones which support the Lightning Connectors technology are iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S as well as new iPhone 6C and iPhone 6. Within this year, the so called iCar or the first car with the CarPlay technology installed in it will be shipped.

Apple CarPlay in BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Volvo, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche

Apple has hold hands with BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Porsche, Audi, Volvo and Volkswagen which are the top most auto makers in the world which use QNX within their systems. That focus on luxury names and newer phones, at least at first, is a deliberate move by Apple to present itself as an aspirational brand

Apple CarPlay in Honda, Mazda, Ford and Toyota

Ford, Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Dodge Charger, General Motors and other affordable auto manufacturer in the automotive industry are also expecting to join their hands with Apple CarPlay. Some other car manufacturers which are hoping to have CarPlay within their systems are Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Subaru and Suzuki. Because of this bond, the sales of iPhones and the cars will also go high making both parties in win win situation.

Apple CarPlay in BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Volvo, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche

Apple CarPlay App for QNX Software

The QNX software systems, which provide automotive infotainment also supports the CarPlay technology of Apple. The QNX operating system platform offers high quality connectivity to the smart phone to the dashboard of the car.

Apple CarPlay Pioneer Aftermarket

Apple has officially confirmed that iPhone-powered dashboard for the car "CarPlay" is coming to Pioneer aftermarket media systems. Pioneer aftermarket media receivers are among the first device that will become CarPlay compatible through a firmware update. The cost of CarPlay Aftermarket units belonging to NEX series range from $700 to $1400.

Apple CarPlay App for Android

With Apple move into car technology, the CarPlay is not compatible with Android phones, neither there is any Apple CarPlay App for Android available at the moment. With superior Google Maps and Google services, Apple's move could go in the opposite direction, if Google makes the Android operating system available in more vehicles sooner.

However, Apple is expecting a good response from the customers and Apple has already a competitor. That is Google which is already in the business. Many reports predict that Apple will succeed their iCar venture. Below is an excellent Apple CarPlay demo video from CNBC with an analysis of its market perspective:

Apple CarPlay: iCars with iPhone, QNX and Pioneer Aftermarket Reviewed by Adnan Malik on 3:48 AM Rating: 5

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