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.