The new second generation Pioneer NEX in dash receivers bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to any car that you can replace a head unit in.
The exciting part of this is that for about $700 you can upgrade the stereo in most cars to a touch screen stereo that transforms into the connected car experience that new cars are adding to their in dash entertainment systems.
Pioneer offers five new NEX receivers that slide into the Double DIN stereo opening available in most cars with 6.2-inch and 7-inch screen options and a variety of features. All of these new second generation Pioneer NEX systems run CarPlay and three of these run Android Auto.
Apple CarPlay takes over the head unit to deliver an iPhone-like experience on your dash with a focus on reducing driver distraction. CarPlay uses Siri for many of the tasks, which include dictation and the system reading back results or what you want to type. The new CarPlay feature is available for the iPhone 5 and up, including the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on iOS 8 and higher.
Android Auto is only available on three of the models, AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX, and AVH-4100NEX. All of these models feature a bigger 7-inch screen that Pioneer tells us works better with the Android Auto interface. Android Auto is Google’s answer to CarPlay. When you plug-in an Android smartphone running Android 5.0 or higher, it will offer an Android-like experience on your car head unit. This looks a lot like Google Now on your Android phone with notifications, alerts and other info easily accessible on-screen.
All of these Pioneer NEX second generation receivers are optimized for touch and ready for SiriusXM. They include Advanced Bluetooth for better sound and to discover your media library over Bluetooth. Four of the five units include HD Radio and all support FLAC playback.
The Pioneer AVH-4100NEX retails for $700 with support for CarPlay and Android Auto and arrives in March. The other units are priced at $750 (AVIC-5100NEX), $900 (AVIC-6100NEX), $1,200 (AVIC -7100NEX) and $1,400 (AVIC-8110NEX) and arrive at the same time.
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