Aftermarket CarPlay Systems Available Later This Year from Alpine

Alpine is set to release the first aftermarket console to support CarPlay this fall, according to NikkeiPlans are to release the 7” screen system in the US and Europe first, and the report says it is “likely to cost around US$500-$700.”

For a higher end system, particularly navigation systems with larger screens than regular car stereos, this seems like a good price. A quick search of local car stereo places found that the average in-dash receiver with GPS started at about $649 with a 6” screen. For a larger screen or more features, the price went up quickly.

A rendering of CarPlay's in-dash display.

Alpine's system will require an iPhone 5 or later, as the connection to the system will be via Lightning cable. Once connected, the system will be able to show navigation on the screen and use voice commands to play music or make calls. 

Alpine also has an update available now for select systems to add Eyes Free Mode with Siri.

CarPlay has a number of notable partners such as Ferrari and Mercedes, which is lovely news if that's your auto budget. For mere mortals, 2014 models from Honda and Hyundai will include CarPlay. Ford, Chevy, and Subaru (among others) are listed under "future models from committed partners."

Not to be otudone, Google is currently working with Honda and GM on a similar presumably Android-based version of phone integration.