Pioneer brings Apple’s CarPlay to India

by | May 7, 2015

Launches AVIC – F970BT with CarPlay

New Delhi, 6th May, 2015: Pioneer India Electronics, the leading in-car entertainment systems company, today announced that CarPlay will be available on the AVIC – F970BT touch-screen car entertainment system in India.

Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD display, CarPlay featuring Siri® voice control is the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, as well as listen to their music and podcasts. For more information about CarPlay, visit, as some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.

Pioneer AVIC – F970BT is the latest addition to the Company’s wide range of touch-screen car entertainment systems. Equipped with a large 6.2-inch, multi-touch display and an intuitive interface, it combines high-quality audio and video with smart navigation through in-built maps and supports the latest connectivity options for the iPhone, such as CarPlay,  Bluetooth and more.

CarPlay is a revolution in in-car entertainment and Pioneer is one of the first manufacturers of aftermarket car equipment to roll out CarPlay. Apart from AVIC – F970BT, CarPlay compatibility will also be available for the existing Pioneer AVH-X8690BT (require firmware update). With Apple Airplay enabled In-Car Entertainment Systems, Pioneer users now have the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already own, in order to enjoy a smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car.

“Pioneer has once again proved that we are the leader in Indian In-Car Entertainment industry by introducing the first CarPlay compatible products” said Mr. Minoru Ogawa, Managing Director, Pioneer India Electronics Pvt. Ltd. “It is our constant effort to provide our customers with the latest technologies to make their In-Car Entertainment systems, easy & fun to use. It is our expertise in technology, especially smartphone connectivity with our products, which makes us the first choice of Indian consumers.”

Commenting on the launch, Mr. Gaurav Kulshrestha, Manager – Marketing & Product Planning, Pioneer India Electronics Pvt. Ltd. said, “Consumers have been repeatedly requesting us for more options to upgrade from the basic entertainment system which comes with their car. With our focus on creating the most technologically advanced touch-screen solutions, we are aiming to provide options to upgrade the experience of our existing & new customers.”

CarPlay is already integrated with iPhone 5 and later, hence car owners with the newly launched AVIC – F970BT will be able to access CarPlay by simply plugging in. For drivers with the AVH-X8690BT, there will be a need to download a firmware update, which is now available at no charge through Current AVH-X8690BT owners can simply load the firmware on a USB memory device and connect it to the receiver’s USB cable input.

For CarPlay related queries, please contact the Pioneer India Customer Service Team at 1800-103-5787.
For more information regarding CarPlay compatible product availability, visit

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Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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