Japanese car audio manufacturer Alpine Electronics will reportedly launch a standalone aftermarket CarPlay console later this year according to a report published by Nikkei. CarPlay is currently available on a handful of upcoming cars, but reports of third party manufacturers getting in on the action has been floating around for quite some time now.
A recent revelation suggested that Pioneer Electronics might launch its CarPlay device, but the company backtracked from its claims shortly after. Third party solutions will play a huge role in CarPlay adoption as not everybody is going to buy a new car this year. Keeping that in mind, it’s good to see someone coming forward and showing interest in launching the console separately.
Clarion has also been reported to be working with Apple on its Smart Access in-car infotainment system which will include CarPlay support in both its aftermarket and OEM products.
Apple unveiled its CarPlay system last month and showcased the technology at the Geneva Auto Show. The system connects a lightning cable-equipped iPhone to a car’s in-dash display and allows the driver to message, navigate and playback music via Siri voice commands.
The report claims that Alpine is planning to launch the CarPlay console in the US and Europe later this year, and could cost $500 to $700.