Pioneer Prototypes Give Hope for Wireless CarPlay Receivers in 2018
During CES 2018, Pioneer announced two prototype in-dash multimedia receivers, the double-DIN 7” LCD AVIC-W8400NEX and AVH-W4400NEX. Both future additions to its popular NEX lineup were designed to showcase the future of wireless connectivity and smart home integration. Teaming up with Google, Pioneer demonstrated Android Auto Wireless and Google Assistant.
The focus of this prototype demo was purely on Google’s Android Auto and their Google Assistant, but how about Apple CarPlay? Although we were not able to wander the CES show floors ourselves, CarPlay Life has been told by a reliable source that, according to Pioneer reps, at least one of these receivers will be wireless CarPlay compatible at launch. It seems Pioneer is still working on these prototypes and fully plan on supporting wireless Apple CarPlay when they go on sale, possibly later this year, if their prototype name ‘MY2018’ is anything to go by.
There were no mention of Apple CarPlay in Pioneer’s press release for these prototypes, however it does mention Apple CarPlay support on their spec sheets for the prototype receivers (shown above). The key thing to take from these prototypes is ‘wireless’, and that both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips are inside these two upcoming NEX receivers from Pioneer – something wireless Apple CarPlay requires.
Each of these receivers pack a 7″ display, with the W4400NEX featuring a clear resistive touchscreen display. I do hope Pioneer consider a high resolution display before they nail down final specs, and a mechless option to save on what will no doubt be a pricey pair of receivers.
We’ll have more news on these prototypes from Pioneer as soon as we hear more. Let’s hope the rumours of wireless Apple CarPlay support solidifies nearer their launch date, a date we hope is sooner than later in 2018.