Alpine to sell stand-alone CarPlay consoles

While a slew of carmakers will soon start offering vehicles that come standard with a CarPlay interface built in, the Japanese company’s device is to be the first aftermarket product compatible with the system. It will first be available in the U.S. and Europe and likely cost around $500 to $700.

The device will connect to an iPhone 5 or later by wire. Drivers will be able to view maps on its screen, likely 7 inches, and use voice commands to access messages, make calls and play music. The system will be able to read messages and directions aloud.

This looks pretty cool. A real boost for CarPlay. [Via MacRumors]

  • John Barnes

    Why do I have the feeling that car companies are going to include this as a $1500 upgrade if you get theirs? I hope that these come out around $500. That seems a bit more reasonable.

    • i imagine car companies will never sell it ala cart. as they tend to do, theyll likely bundle it into to the “technology package” which will include things like the head unit, auto adjusting rear view mirror, etc…

      • John Barnes

        Don’t forget that you’ll probably first have to get the most expensive trim. If you really want it, you’ll have to shell out 1,000s extra for it, along with other upgrades you may or may not want.

        • DanPierce

          One trend I have noticed is that options tend to move down the trim levels over a period of years. When I was looking at Bluetooth integration, it was only offered at the top level trim so you had to spend at least $40,000. But a few years later, it had moved down to the mid-level trim.

  • chjode

    I’m interested to see what this looks like when announced. I like that there’s hope for CarPlay in my 17 year old Nissan.

    • John Barnes

      Me too. I don’t think I’d put it in my 12 year old Eclipse since I want to replace it sometime in the next 1-2 years, but it might be nice in my 4 year old Civic since we’ll probably keep that car at least another 10 years.

  • This is what I was hoping for. Now lets see if gouge people.

  • Billy Razzle

    Alpine makes good gear. Sounds like good news. Kenwood will follow soon probably.