The system crashes every couple of days, and there’s a Spotify issue whereby it refuses to play the selected track and instead spurts out whatever it fancies from your iPhone’s storage. The only fix seems to be to start the track on your phone instead: a no-no while driving. For now I make sure it’s playing before I set off, but it’s clear there are a fair few faults left. Having Spotify built into my car is great. The landscape layout of the Pioneer touchscreen means a lot of swiping to get through a long playlist, and you’re limited to saved playlists and Spotify specials, but it does sound a whole lot better than my old stereo, even through the same speakers. I’ve seen nothing to alter my view that Apple CarPlay (and rival Android Auto) is the future of in-car entertainment, but that future hasn’t arrived yet. It feels unfinished, with too many bugs and too few apps. I’m glad I’ve had it installed and excited to see it improve, but if I were you I wouldn’t take the plunge just yet.
STUFF CarPlay will probably turn out great, but right now it feels as if it’s still parked firmly in beta