Apple CarPlay Aftermarket Solutions?

Wishing that Apple’s CarPlay was already available when you bought your new Highlander? So am I. For now, all we can do is hope for an aftermarket solution for existing vehicles. With that in mind…

Here’s some interesting news from 9to5mac:

We’ve confirmed that at least Mercedes-Benz is looking into aftermarket installations of CarPlay that will allow older models of vehicles to access the feature. The company confirmed that it is trying to get an “an after-market solution for previous cars” and hopes to have it on the market by the end of the year. While there is no info yet on how the aftermarket installation would work, we’d imagine it will be a dealer installed accessory for select older models like Honda and others already offer for Apple’s Siri Eyes Free feature.

Could this be a sign of things to come from other car makers? That remains to be seen. But I’m sure that most of us would prefer the CarPlay + iPhone tandem to Toyota’s own Entune system.

As a reminder, Mercedes, Volvo, and Ferrari have already announced forthcoming vehicles with CarPlay integration. And Apple has said that they’re working with other car companies, including: BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, and (yes!) Toyota.

Finger crossed, but I’m not holding my breath…

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