CarPlay has so far been shown off on new vehicles, but what about folks with older ones? It's a question a lot of people are asking, since there are a ton of people with iPhones that own cars made by manufacturers already committed to CarPlay. In the case of Mercedes-Benz, it seems a solution is being explored. From 9to5Mac
We’ve confirmed that at least Mercedes-Benz is looking into aftermarket installations of CarPlay that will allow older models of vehicles to access the feature. While the company confirmed that it is trying to get an “an after-market solution for previous cars” it couldn’t confirm when the option might become available.
At this stage – and before CarPlay is actually available to the public anyway – that's probably as good as we can expect. It's also just one manufacturer, but if Mercedes is looking at it, we'd hope that others will be looking at it also. Sadly, Mercedes implementation of CarPlay so far isn't the most elegant, so hopefully any retro fitting doesn't involve gluing a tablet sized display to your dashboard.
We're going to be talking about CarPlay for a long time to come, and we're still a way off seeing any vehicles actually hit the road with it on board. Would you be interested in retro fitting this into your car? Or would you prefer a third-party kit that didn't involve the manufacturer?