Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX after CarPlay Update installed and iPhone 6 connected.
Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX after CarPlay Update installed and iPhone 6 connected.

The Pioneer CarPlay update has been released.

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Pioneer announced the release of their much anticipated CarPlay firmware update early this morning.  Pioneer’s servers were inundated with users trying to download the update and many users, myself included, experienced difficulties and delays in trying to download the file.

Pioneer CarPlay update is finaly here
Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX after CarPlay update installed and iPhone 6 screen unlocked.

Luckily for me it was kind of a slow day in the shop, so I had all day to putz around with it.  I finally got it going around 5:30 PM after a second download attempt.

iTunes Radio after CarPlay Pioneer update
Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX displaying iTunes Radio after CarPlay update.

The new update adds Apple CarPlay capability to the AVH-4000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX and AVIC-8000NEX.  The new firmware allows users to easily access their contacts, listen to their text messages, pull up their artists, songs, playlists and even access iTunes radio.

CarPlay in Action AVIC-5000NEX
Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX displaying iPhone artist information after CarPlay update.

The free update can be obtained here at Pioneer’s website.  Please note there are different downloads depending on which model receiver you have.

Pioneer CarPlay Maps
Pioneer AVIC-5000NEX with CarPlay update displaying Maps

Additionally, Pioneer announced the release of a new model, the CarPlay capable AppRadio 4.

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