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2020/07/09 18:53:21 (permalink)

Retro Fit Android Auto/Apple Car Play

I am abut to buy my first Porsche - 991 C2S and very exciting it is too.  But the stereo options seem to be difficult to get to grips with.  Some come with Bose but many have the base CDR-31 head unit which appears not to have DAB or allow music streaming.  I am not into high end stereos but appreciate more functionality than the base system seems capable of. A search around the internet and I found Cartronics in Surrey who will retrofit Apple Carplay/Android Auto electronics to play sound through the Aux input, maintains all functionality of the original head unit, but also will display the Carplay/Auto screen allowing wireless streaming with apple music/spotify etc, google maps and so on.  Installation will invalidate any Porsche warranty, but given the cars I am looking at have all but run out of warranty not an issue.  So does anyone have any experience of doing this? Will affect resale value significantly?  Any thoughts advice welcome.

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Re: Retro Fit Android Auto/Apple Car Play 2020/07/11 14:32:16 (permalink)
In a similar dilemma with my 991 with BOSE.
I had carplay retro fitted to my S5 and I am thinking about the same for the 991.
At the moment I am waiting for the next generation with wireless android auto.
This will be the 3rd gen. 1st gen requires the PCM to be opened and a 3rd party pcb installed. 2nd gen is plug and play. 
The integration isn't seamless, but it is dam close. 
You still have to manually select carplay /android auto. The touch screen isn't the same experience as with a tablet. Voice control is a bit hit and miss. (Same is to be said for the Porsche voice control)
On the positive you get Waze or Google Maps with terrain view. Live traffic updates. Streaming music from apps that you choose. Better than DAB as you have fewer dropouts.
Option to install wireless front, rear or 360 cameras.
Very easy DIY install for the plug and play version.
A point of note.  Not such an issue with modern tariffs, but it uses your phones data allowance. 
Hope this helps

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Re: Retro Fit Android Auto/Apple Car Play 2020/07/13 22:30:39 (permalink)
I have found this company and installation for PCM3.1 - its a wireless interface with your phone, either Apple or Android.
Looks very good, I will be looking into something like this and a speaker upgrade in my standard PCM 3 car.
Good luck!
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Re: Retro Fit Android Auto/Apple Car Play 2020/07/16 13:08:16 (permalink)
If you are handy with a few tools and happy to remove dismantle your PCM3.1 I can recommend this unit from Joyeauto
There are many step by step installation videos - Particularly recommend one by Auto Amateur (A Brit in the USA)
Took me around 3 hours all in all and costs around £350
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