A road trip with Apple CarPlay
With almost impeccable timing, the firmware upgrade to support Apple’s CarPlay was released for my car’s heads-up unit the day before I was set to go on a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles and drive around that unfamiliar city for the weekend. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to put it through its paces.
The heads-up unit in question is the Pioneer AVIC-8000NEX, their flagship unit with a 7" Capacitive Touchscreen display. This comes with its own built-in navigation software, iPod controls for music either by Lightning cable or Bluetooth and even support for apps via their AppRadio technology.
Not only is it the best of the aftermarket units for running CarPlay, it also provides a pretty decent unit in its own right to compare functionality and behavior to.
It’s arguable whether the number one function of a car’s heads-up unit these days is music, or...
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