April 14th 2014
By Mike Flaminio
Car electronics manufacturer Alpine will begin selling a standalone aftermarket console that will support Apple's CarPlay vehicle integration feature, reports Japanese business newspaper Nikkei. Alpine's offering, which will likely be the first aftermarket device to support CarPlay, is said to hit the United States and Europe this year with a cost of around $500 to $700.
I think there's a lot of interest in after-market car upgrades to support CarPlay simply because the only other alternative is to buy a new car. This no doubt will be a top-end product with a built-in display. The question is just how much money people will want to put into their old cars vs just adding a nice phone mount to their dash.