Skip to main content

Could Apple CarPlay be coming soon to older cars?

New car owners aren't the only ones who will be able to take advantage of Apple's CarPlay technology.

Car electronics manufacturer Alpine is prepping a standalone aftermarket console that will support Apple's new in-car iOS platform, according to a new report from Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. The device will reportedly be available in the US and Europe this fall for around £300 to £420.

The Alpine system will be compatible with the iPhone 5 and newer models, letting drivers view maps from their phone on a 7in screen and use voice commands to access messages, make calls, and play music. It will also read your messages and directions out loud.

Alpine is aiming to be the first to market with an aftermarket CarPlay product, but it's not the only company looking to support the Apple technology. Car device maker Clarion is also working on a CarPlay-enabled in-dash system and eventually plans to support the feature in its aftermarket and OEM products, according to MacRumors.

Unveiled last month, CarPlay is billed as a "smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car." It syncs your iPhone with your car's built-in display and features Siri voice control, letting you easily get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music while keeping your hands on the steering wheel.

CarPlay will make its debut this year in select cars from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Other car makers said to be embracing the technology include: BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota. Those with older cars, however, are thus far out of luck, but solutions from the likes of Alpine and Clarion could change that.