Pioneer becomes the first to support Apple CarPlay

Japanese company Pioneer is rolling out a firmware update to add Apple CarPlay support in its NEX 2014 series dashboard panels. Post update, the owners of iPhone 5 or above need to simply plug-in their device in the CarPlay supporting dashboard to launch the iOS-like user interface. With Apple CarPlay, users can make calls, send and receive text messages, and explore compatible apps from the dashboard panel. Drivers will be able to use Siri voice controls for getting directions as well. Earlier today, music streaming service Spotify updated its official app to support the Apple CarPlay.

MapmyIndia, Pioneer join hands to create in-car entertainment system that doubles as navigation assistant

MapmyIndia has been coming out with smart GPS-based devices of late. The India-based navigation services company recently launched Smart Mirror, a device that fits in place of your car’s rear-view mirror. A lot smarter than just a mirror, it acts as a screen for a camera on the rear of your car when you’re reversing. The rest of the time, this device does the job of a GPS-powered navigation assistant. Now, the company has announced a partnership with Japanese in-car entertainment systems company Pioneer, which is also a result of out-of-the-box thinking.