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Bring Android Auto and CarPlay to your vehicle with Sony's massive 9-inch touch display

By Polycount ยท 10 replies
Aug 14, 2019
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  1. If you're a tech enthusiast with an older vehicle, you might be slightly disappointed that you don't have access to all the fancy toys that modern cars ship with. Multimedia touch-screens, Android Auto and/or CarPlay functionality, and even games are all features that you might feel you're missing out on.

    However, you don't necessarily have to feel that way forever. There are already various third-party gadgets that you can take advantage of if you want to equip your car with some of those features, but Sony's upcoming Android Auto or CarPlay receiver could prove to be one of the better options out there.

    For starters, the device is absolutely massive, coming in at 9 inches -- that's considerably more screen space than most of its competitors offer, but it comes at a (literal) cost. The XAV-AX8000, as Sony has dubbed it, will run you $600 when it launches in December. That's certainly a lot of money, but according to ExtremeTech, that cost pales in comparison to the $1,000-and-up asking prices of competing receivers.

    At any rate, pricey or not, the XAV-AX8000 could be a worthwhile buy for some. By connecting your Android or iOS smartphone into the display (with a cable or via Bluetooth), you can access Android Auto and CarPlay (respectively) functionality on a much larger screen. You'll be able to use Siri or Google Assistant to answer questions or help you organize your shopping list, while using the screen itself (and its various other hardware shortcut buttons) to navigate, send and receive messages, and play music or audiobooks at your leisure.

    As with other aftermarket displays of this nature, Sony's upcoming receiver can be mounted in your car's center console area. It ships with a mount that can be adjusted in three ways, which should allow for relatively easy and versatile installation.

    So, what's the benefit of this receiver over simply propping up your smartphone in roughly the same place? According to Sony, the answer is two-fold: convenience and safety.

    The device's large screen means you'll theoretically be able to see on-screen information more easily at a glance and thus won't have to spend as much time scrolling through menus, squinting at a small interface, or fiddling with controls. The less time you dedicate to looking at or interacting with a non-critical device while driving, the better.

    Pre-orders for the XAV-AX8000 are not available yet, but you can sign up to be notified when orders go live right here.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,605   +3,213

    Mercedes uses 2x12" panels, Tesla uses a 17" panel. Even the Porche now uses 11" screens. So calling a 9" MMI massive when many people have mobile phone with 6"+ screen, seems a bit misleading when it is just about average, if not less.
  3. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Evangelist Posts: 315   +126

    "If you're a tech enthusiast with an older vehicle..." - I have an older Porsche 911 and the tech sucks in comparison to what's out there today. Until I get that newer model, this is budget friendly and it allows me to use the technology off my phone.
    yRaz likes this.
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 2,044   +1,559

    A friend has an old beater car in which he put a regular Android tablet. I don't know the process of putting it in a car but it works with cars sound system and it has all the benefits of an Android. All the car reviewers I've heard say that most infotainment systems are quite bad unless it's an expensive new BMW, Audi or Merc. Even then, Android Auto is better than cars native OS. So my point is, if you can get a cheap Android tablet, which you can, you can have a great system without having to spend even close to $600.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,964   +2,295

    And this is for people who have no screen in their car. 9" is pretty big for something that only needs to play music. Other car makers use bog screens because it's cheaper than installing real, application specific, dials all over the dash. Honestly, I hate giant screens in cars, It takes away from my enjoyment of driving. However, this appears to have no volume knob so it's a no, go for me
    kira setsu likes this.
  6. Edito

    Edito TS Addict Posts: 104   +34

    I have a 2010 Toyota Vanguard and I bought from amazon an 8 inches android radio and it's super awesome and agreeing with you I spent 300USD or so...
  7. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,536   +1,343

    I have a 2007 MX-5, Had it for 3-4 years now and when I first got it, I put a similar head unit in (except cheaper and made by Pioneer) and it's fantastic how I get more functionality from my old MX-5 than I do my Brand New Lexus company car!

    Android Auto is so good, Maps, Choosing playlists to play, reading out and responding to messages. It's better than even the most modern Car systems out there.
  8. kira setsu

    kira setsu TS Addict Posts: 165   +134

    shoot, I just noticed that, guess I'll stick with my trusty xav-100 then
  9. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,007   +73

    You know what this thing needs? a small universal stick-on RF remote that you can place on your steering wheel. no matter how modern your screen is it will never be complete without a steering wheel buttons. especially that it doesn't have a volume knob.

    most aftermarket radios like kenwood, pioneer and sony are mostly steering wheel button ready. I bought two such wireless steering controller for 25$ and 50$. both works perfectly with just a little bit of wiring and touch of double-sided adhesive.
  10. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 947   +524

    And it's of no use to older vehicles with integrated stereos - ie. nowhere to slide in the unit.
  11. Milest

    Milest TS Member

    Many of those older vehicles can be fitted with aftermarket dash adapters that allow a standard single and double din unit to be installed.

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