Apple CarPlay and new head unit in 16’ Prius

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  1. Mr.Electric

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    I installed the new Seicanne Headunit made specifically for gen 4 Prius in my 16’ Prius

    OEM 9 inch Android 10.0 for 2016 Toyota Prius Radio with Bluetooth HD Touchscreen GPS Navigation System support Carplay DAB+

    I am happy with the results and made this video about it. Long story short is was completely plug n play. I did not crimp or solder even one wire. The factory back up camera and steering wheel controls work too.
    The only modification needed was a minor trim on a plastic tab on the Seicanne stereo mounting ear.
    During purchase check out I bought the version with integrated apple CarPlay. The head unit and shipping was still under $400. This is a really significant upgrade to my driving experience.

     
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    Congrats & welcome to the dark side! I converted ours a few days after we brought it home from the dealer.

    I can't even imagine putting up with a factory system in a new car; they're all so far behind the curve.
     
  3. Mr.Electric

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    I put an android head unit in my 14’ sienna and not one of the plugs fit. It was a long journey to wire everything. This time the same manufacturer got it right, every single plug fit.
     
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    Nice! I did a generic Sony for ours, so I had the usual amount of wirework to do. Didn't put me off in the least but I know it would give others pause.

    I'm glad to hear that there is a true plug-n-play alternative, and most importantly I'm always happy to see more people take the plunge and discover how much new value you can add to a car with some years on it!
     
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    Thank you for the video, it was very informative. I'm seriously considering this. Some questions:

    -Do you miss the volume knob? I know there's steering wheel volume controls, but also know it's nice to have a knob you can reach from muscle memory to quickly turn down the volume

    -Was the CAN adapter included or did you buy that separately? And do you still have access to door locks/lighting settings?

    -Do any of the audio/navigation displays on the small MFD to the right of the speedo still work?

    -What was the adapter needed to get the USB by the armrest to work?
     
  6. Mr.Electric

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    The can adapter was included. I am not sure if lighting and lock settings may be controlled now but steering wheel buttons work.
    I do miss the volume nob a bit but the large apple map and usable text dictation features are very helpful.
    The mfd screen for audio and nav are blank. I dont miss these as i always have this set to power flow bars anyways (because it looks cool I dont actually watch the power flow and learn something important)
    steering wheel adaptive cruise and lane departure buttons work as normal.
    USB adapter plug
     
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    I was surprised to discover CarPlay works over Bluetooth, I thought it was wired only.
    Also installed the USB adapter and the center console USB port now works. I used it to plug in a thumb drive with music files.
     

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    Just ordered one! Excited for the added functionality and features
     
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    Noice!
    It took a while for mine to arrive I think 2 weeks or so. Im really enjoying it. Ive had a Seicanne head unit in my 14’ Sienna for 2 years and it has survived heat , cold, altitude and now car rental through a shared car app. At least that Seicanne android head unit is durable. The one in my 16’ Prius is only a week old so I can’t speak to durability but it is fun to nerd out on all the features of a tablet that connects to your car’s nervous system.
     
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