Android Auto is an exciting new platform, but as with anything to do with cars, it can be pricey to get your hands on it. Most people don’t want to buy an entire new car just for the infotainment system. Pioneer is one manufacturer who is making aftermarket Android Auto systems. We were able to see one in action in an actual car at CES.
The Pioneer NEX line of in-dash systems is made up of 3 different models. They range in price from around $700 to $1,400. In the video below we were shown the most expensive model, which has a 7-inch 800×480 capacitive touchscreen. It works just like any other Android Auto device. Simply plug in your Android 5.0 phone via the USB cable and Android Auto starts up.
The biggest difference with these systems is that you can put them in a wide variety of existing vehicles. Another bonus to this system is it also works with Apple’s CarPlay. If you share a vehicle with someone who uses an iPhone you’ll want to make sure they can use it too. Now you just have to figure out if your vehicle is compatible.