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Also from Pi­o­neer Elec­tron­ics Aus­tralia is the an­nounce­ment of a firmware up­grade to con­vert a num­ber of com­pat­i­ble head units to Ap­ple’s CarPlay. The AVIC-F60DAB, AVIC-F960DAB and AVH-X8650BT will now be among the first head units with Ap­ple’s new smart­phone and car in­te­gra­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Ap­ple’s CarPlay is com­pat­i­ble with iPhone mod­els from 5 on­wards (in­clud­ing 5C) and turns the Siri ex­pe­ri­ence into a sec­re­tary in your car. Text mes­sages can safely be read out and com­posed via Siri while phone, nav­i­ga­tion, mu­sic and more can all be man­aged via the head unit which ‘mimic’ the iPhone App-based menu.

“CarPlay en­riches the iPhone ex­pe­ri­ence in the ve­hi­cle by pro­vid­ing a safer way to stay con­nected and en­ter­tained with the abil­ity to use your own voice to con­trol and re­ceive in­for­ma­tion and en­ter­tain­ment. Pi­o­neer’s im­ple­men­ta­tion of CarPlay pro­vides own­ers of a com­pat­i­ble iPhone with many con­ve­nient and use­ful fea­tures that can be in­te­grated into mil­lions of ve­hi­cles al­ready on the road,” says Paul D’Intino, prod­uct man­ager at Pi­o­neer Elec­tron­ics Aus­tralia.

The CarPlay up­date can be down­loaded from Pi­o­neer’s web­site via the ‘Support’ sec­tion. (www.pi­o­neer.com.au). Pi­o­neer CarPlay up­date for AVIC-F60DAB, AVIC-F960DAB and AVH-X8650BT Price: Free down­load Con­tact: Pi­o­neer Elec­tron­ics Aus­tralia on 1800 988 268 Link: www.pi­o­neer.com.au

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