Click for FREE Incar magazine!Pioneer has introduced its largest – and most affordable – range of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto solutions in Australia.
All five AVH-Z series Pioneer head units are designed to complement the smartphone with continuous connectivity and access to a variety of entertainment options. Apple CarPlay, Dual Bluetooth connection and Spotify Connect are featured in each new model, and Android Auto is additionally supported on three of the five. This includes the first fold-out, single DIN solution to become available in Australia with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the $1000 AVH-Z7050BT. There is also DAB+ digital radio support on two of the new models for the cities where it is available.
Apple CarPlay allows smart and safe control of your iPhone in the car. It’s activated by pressing the Pioneer touch-screen or voice recognition button, and then allows you to make calls, navigate with Apple Maps, and listen to music, along with sending and receiving SMS messages. Android Auto is similarly activated and also enables the making of calls, the sending or receiving of SMS messages and listening to music plus navigation with Google Maps.
PioneerThe head units also enable the simultaneous connection and control of two smartphones via Bluetooth. An auto connection function automatically pairs the two specified phones so that incoming calls can be picked up from either. 
Bluetooth Audio Streaming (A2DP, AVRCP 1.6) makes it possible to display information embedded in songs. It’s now also possible to directly control and play music from the Spotify app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. Play, pause and skip tracks, or browse playlists, albums and radio stations can be done using the Pioneer controls. Spotify premium users (this requires a monthly paid subscription) can access ad-free music even when there is no internet connection via prior syncing.
“Pioneer continues to offer popular smartphone and music services at a more consumer-friendly price point,” says Paul Petrakis, the General Manager of sales and marketing for Pioneer Electronics Australia. “We’re fortunate to be in a market-leading position, whereby our latest in-vehicle solutions embrace Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Australia’s biggest music streaming services, like Spotify and iTunes Music.