Apple Car Play : Just plug in your iPhone and drive...

What is it?

Integrate CarPlay in your dashboard and enjoy all the benefits of smartphone connectivity. Respond to incoming calls, dictate messages, and access your navigation maps without hassle. Easily browse your iTunes or Spotify music library and listen to favourite songs, podcasts, audio books and more. CarPlay is compatible with iPhone models with 5 (running iOS 7.1 or later) and above. 

CarPlay features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with your car's controls — knobs, buttons or touchscreen. All the apps you want to use in the car have been reimagined, so you can use them while your eyes and hands stay where they belong.

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What are the benefits of this over a normal sat nav system?

Car Play takes the things you want to do with your iPhone whilst driving and puts them straight onto your cars display allowing you to stay completely focussed on the road.

> Activate Siri for minimal distraction - To activate Siri voice control, just press and hold the voice control button on the steering wheel or head unit, or simply say 'hey Siri'.

> Let your iphone show you the way with your mapping apps - use Apple Maps, Google Maps, Waze and more through your cars display. CarPlay can also predict where you would most likely want to go using addresses from your emails, text messages, calendar and contacts.

> Phone - Make calls, return calls and listen to voicemail. Siri can help you do these things completely hands free.

> Messages - reading and writing is now listening and dictating. Siri can send, read and reply to your text messages for you so you never have to look at your phone whilst driving.

> Easily access all your music either through your music APPs on screen or just tell Siri what you want to listen to. Car Play will also support downloaded audio APPs such as Spotify for enjoying podcasts, music and radio.

> Best of all it's really easy to use as the clever user interface makes it look just like your smartphone!


Where can I get Apple CarPlay?

Every major car manufacturer currently offers models that support CarPlay or is planning to introduce them.

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You can also add Apple CarPlay to your existing vehicle in a number of different ways, meaning there is no need to upgrade your car to get the functionality you require.

Option 1: Change your current head unit for a CarPlay unit

This is the most popular way to add Apple CarPlay to vehicles. It involves removing the factory radio and installing a new head unit with Apple CarPlay functionality. As most car radios are not a standard double DIN shape, we install a vehicle specific fitting kit to allow us to neatly integrate the new unit into the dashboard and maintain current functionality such as steering controls, cameras and USB ports.

BMW E46 with Pioneer SPH-EVO62DAB

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Porsche 911 996 with Pioneer AVIC-Z830DAB

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Audi TT 8J with Pioneer SPH-DA120DAB

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Volkswagen T5 with Alpine 'Halo 9' (INE-F904D)

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Renault Master with Pioneer AVIC-Z730DAB

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Land Rover Defender with Pioneer AVIC-Z930DAB

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BMW 3 Series e90 with Pioneer AVIC-Z730DAB

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Seat Ibiza Cupra 2014 with Pioneer SPH-DA230DAB

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We fit replacement head units on a day-to-day basis, a few examples of our own installs are shown above. To obtain a price for your vehicle, please contact us with your vehicle details and we will send you quotations tailored to your vehicle and your needs. We have a range of CarPlay units on display in our showroom so please pop in for a demo.

We are main dealers for Alpine, Pioneer and, more recently, Sony. We can therefore offer competitive prices, excellent product support and warranty, along with over 40 years knowledge and experience in audio installations.


Option 2: Add Apple CarPlay to your existing in car display

Many modern cars have an integrated screen already fitted in the dash eg. Audi MMI, Mercedes Comand and BMW iDrive. These systems cannot be replaced using option 1 but in many cases, we can now add CarPlay and Android Auto to these existing systems using a small, hide-away module. The system is easily controlled using the vehicles existing touchscreen/buttons.

These CarPlay modules are currently available for a range of vehicles, including Audi, VW, BMW, Mercedes, Land Rover, Porsche, Jaguar, Mini, Skoda, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, Maserati, Peugeot and Citroen. Due to the popularity of smart phone integration, more makes and models are constantly being released. Please contact us with your vehicle details and we can confirm availability and prices.

Some of our recent installs:

Mercedes GLC

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BMW 1 series

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BMW Mini

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Please contact us with your vehicle make, model and year of manufacture for installed prices. We also have demo units available in our shop so please feel free to pop in to test the CarPlay with your phone.

Most of the units we install have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so can be used by Apple and Android devices. For more information, please contact us.


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