If you're tired of plugging in your iPhone into your car's infotainment system, it looks like Alpine has a solution.
The audio company has introduced the iLX-107 which, Alpine says, is the world's first touchscreen to integrate wireless Apple CarPlay functionality. It is a seven-inch display which allows Apple CarPlay via a five gigahertz Wi-Fi signal. To use, owners must first find the signal coming from the said display and sync it with their iPhone's CarPlay menu. Once connected, it displays all functions including messaging, phone calls, iTunes, Google Maps and even Siri. This allows the driver to keep his or her phone in their pocket, minimizing distraction.
Alpine adds that the iLX-107 is also pre-wired to accept reverse parking cameras as well. There are also USB and auxiliary ports for plugging other devices. In addition, Alpine is also offering other attachments to add flexibility to the iLX-107. First is the iDatalink Maestro which allows the screen to data from the instrument cluster. The second is the External Accessory Controller which lets auxiliary features such as LED light bars or power tonneu covers to be controlled via the touchscreen.
Alpine's solution has already netted an award. First previewed during this year's Consumer Electronics Show, the iLX-107 won the Innovations Award for outstanding design and engineering in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category. With the Alpine head unit out in the market, one could expect manufacturers to adapt a similar system in the future.
Now available in the US, the iLX-107 retails for $900.