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Alpine to launch aftermarket CarPlay add-ons in fall

updated 09:25 am EDT, Mon April 14, 2014

Uncertain if device will have Apple sanction

Car audio and navigation company Alpine will start selling its first aftermarket CarPlay upgrade in the fall, according to Nikkei. Details are relatively scarce, but the unit will reportedly cost between $500 and $700, and "likely" measure 7 inches. Given the nature of CarPlay, the unit will presumably need to be dealer-installed.

Alpine is the first third-party company to lay plans for an aftermarket CarPlay upgrade, and only the second company at all to reveal plans for an aftermarket option, following Mercedes-Benz. Otherwise carmakers have been reserving the technology for new vehicles. Many brands, in fact, have yet to announce when they will have CarPlay support, much less in which models.



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  1. prl99

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    If we're talking about a double DIN height touch screen, $500-$700 is very reasonable. Of course, I'd need it to do all the things my 2013 Tacoma non-navigation head unit does but I'd be willing to upgrade to an Alpine CarPlay head unit.

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