Pioneer announces first aftermarket Android Auto dash units

Pioneer has just announced it is going to offer Android Auto-friendly aftermarket products for your car.

This makes Pioneer the one of the first firms to do so, giving customers the chance to connect compatible smartphones up to its Android-powered display in a vehicle you already own.

It also means users will have access to a host of voice commands via the in-dash receivers, meaning you won’t need to be grubbing up the screen when you miss a junction halfway down up the M1.

Philippe Weyers, Marketing Comms Manager at Pioneer, said: “Integrating Android Auto into our 2015 in-car receives enables comptiable Android smartphone owners to use the power and connectivity of their devices for navigation, communications, music and more while on the road.”

Android Auto delivers a familiar and consistent user experience that is optimised specifically for the automotive environment with advanced speech technology for quick and easy voice control and a unique visual display of useful and relevant contextual information.”

Three units make up Pioneer’s new Android Auto range, all of which tout high-resolution 7-inch touchscreen displays.

Alongside this, you’ll also get an external microphone, HDMI connectivity, and Apple CarPlay compatibility too.

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The AVIC-F77DAB is the priciest of the bunch (it’s the only one with a capacitive, not resistive, touchscreen too) and will cost you £1199.99.

Next up is the AVIC-F70DAB which clocks in at a less wallet-chunking £999.99.

Bottom of the price pile is the AVH-X8700BT, which will get you the Android Auto experience for a more frugal £699.99.

All three devices will start shipping in March this year, across the UK.