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  • Yes another CarPlay question 2018 Kakadu

    Ok I’ve seen head-unit conversions and I’ve seen a plug-in/add on unit!
    I have seen this and was wondering if anyone has tried this or something like it.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000...archweb201603_
    Toyota Landcruser Prado 2012 VX Turbo Diesel Auto

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    So by the look of this it’s a plug and play to the original unit, surely someone out there has got one I am also curious what there like

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      I’ve seen them in AU but there $799
      Toyota Landcruser Prado 2012 VX Turbo Diesel Auto

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        I just got one and have installed - it’s fantastic. Wireless carplay too on factory head unit (also allows 3 cameras ie caravan etc to be plugged in) Was about $360 aud delivered from Kremersino the chinese manufacturer. Took 5 weeks to arrive.

        Its very good quality looms etc are all great. Has an OEM feel about it. Works and integrates well.
        All plug and play install - took about 40mins.
        Heres the links:

        https://kremersino.com/products/wire...-13-19-models/

        Purchased via:
        https://m.aliexpress.com/item/400124...4eeff71&is_c=N

        Photos below - any questions just ask.

        Highly recommended. Huge improvement over standard system.
        Last edited by ducksnuts; 11-10-2020, 06:30 AM.

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            This is exactly what I have been looking for! I have been considering different options, including a local version similar to this but at 2-3 times the price (EC Offroad). If it's as good as you say I'll order one as well.

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              ducksnuts Does the Android Auto require a cable connection or is it wireless as long as you don't want to mirror the screen?

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                Android Auto currently needs a cable although i believe they are working on a firmware update to change in the future. Carplay is wireless.

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                  Originally posted by randog78 View Post
                  This is exactly what I have been looking for! I have been considering different options, including a local version similar to this but at 2-3 times the price (EC Offroad). If it's as good as you say I'll order one as well.
                  Highly recommend. It’s quick and fast to use. The wireless is very good (5ghz) i don’t plug my iphone in, unless it needs to be charged (note: the supplied usb is not a fast charger, so plug in elsewhere to charge - i use a slimline 2.4amp usb cig adapter in centre console) Once installed you’d think it was a standard product. Reverse camera works when your selecting reverse and then goes back to carplay.
                  You can switch back to factory system by holding down home button or hang up button on steering wheel. I can’t see myself doing this. I just use Tune In radio to stream radio in carplay. it auto boots into wireless carplay (takes about 15-20secs) when you get into the car.
                  Last edited by ducksnuts; 13-10-2020, 08:26 PM.

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                    Given the title has Kakadu in it, does this unit work with the separate amp and rear screens in the Kakadu?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by blw View Post
                      Given the title has Kakadu in it, does this unit work with the separate amp and rear screens in the Kakadu?
                      I can’t answer that one. I have a 2019 VX which doesn’t have the rear screens

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                        Since I'm using Android does it support its own SIM card? I don't want to connect by cable every time I want to use online features like Google Maps or Spotify. Or does the bluetooth connection work regardless of brand, and it's only the screen sharing that requires cabled connection for Android phones?

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                          Originally posted by randog78 View Post
                          Since I'm using Android does it support its own SIM card? I don't want to connect by cable every time I want to use online features like Google Maps or Spotify. Or does the bluetooth connection work regardless of brand, and it's only the screen sharing that requires cabled connection for Android phones?
                          No sim card. Bluetooth will work (standard head unit does this anyway) but don’t believe Android Auto will work without cable.

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                            Cheers for the info ducksnuts, pretty keen to get one myself.

                            One question, how do you actually use the system? It looks like it uses the aux input to the factory system, but how do you activate voice control (Siri)? Can you press / hold a steering wheel button, or is it a touch of the screen?
                            The only experience I have with CarPlay is my wife’s VW, which has a voice control button on the steering wheel.

                            thanks

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                              If you are using wireless Carplay it boots in automatically to Carplay screen when you turn the ignition on or start the car (phone has to be in car obviously). Takes about 20 secs.
                              Its uses the AUX connection (connected behind the stereo) not the one in the centre console - you dont have to plug anything into this.

                              Module comes with another mic - i mounted this in the top right hand corner to the windscreen.
                              You can just say 'Hey Siri' and it will execute commands hands free.
                              i.e. "Hey Siri, navigate to McDonalds" Carplay will then open Apple Maps and find nearest McDonalds.
                              or "Hey Siri, Open Spotify and play Fleetwood Mac" it will open Spotify and play Fleetwood Mac
                              or "Hey Siri, Open Tune In Radio and play Triple M' it will open Tune In and stream Triple M.

                              Its works very well and is fast to respond. Im pleasantly surprised how good it is.

                              You can press the steering wheel voice button as well and this should work - but there seems to be any issue currently as it brings up the factory voice control, not Siri - i have asked manufacturer about this to see how it can be rectified.

                              You can also push the voice control button on screen within Google Maps or Waze and say the location or address and it will bring it up and navigate there.

                              You can also mirror your phone to screen wirelessly and play youtube etc on the headunit.

                              Advantages over the factory Toyota Carplay system:
                              - Allows wireless Carplay (don't have to take your phone out of pocket)
                              - Can maintain CD player in headunit - new Prado units with Carplay dont have a cd player.
                              - Phone Screen Mirroring to headunit
                              - Its a heap cheaper that buying the new model!!!

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