What You Get
All parts needed for installation are included: modules, wiring harnesses, fuses, etc. If you order an option that includes cameras, everything needed for those is included as well. A phone charger cable is required for this system but is not supplied. You can use the charge cable you currently keep in your car or get a new one, it’s up to you. We’ve decided not to supply charge cables because of how many color options there are and how varied customer preferences are. For example, I have a red charge cable for my phone, some people would hate having that in their car.
Once installed, you’ll have the full functionality of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto in your Aston Martin. The factory navigation screen is used to display your apps and the supplied controller allows you to cycle through and use them. CarPlay/Android Auto, or the front camera (if installed). If you’ve also installed a rear camera, its video input will override whatever is on the screen when the car is put in reverse. When you take the car out of reverse, the screen will return to whatever it was previously showing.
Here’s a video showing all of this in action.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are controlled using the vehicle’s factory equipment in the 2nd Century cars – the extra control knob included in the kit for the earlier “Gaydon Era” cars is not needed and not included for the DB11, DBS Superleggera, and New Vantage.
The charge cable will only provide 1 amp to your phone. This means that although it can charge your phone, it will only keep the power level about steady when using power-hungry apps like streaming music and navigation on your phone. If you plug your phone into a normal charge cable, you can get a full 2A charge, stream music over Bluetooth to the car’s sound system, and use apps on your phone. However, you won’t be able to use the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto system on the car’s nav screen until you’ve plugged it back in to that cord.
The factory navigation system is required to use this product.
You will need to supply your own phone charge cable, which is used to connect your phone to the system. Make sure your charge cable is rated for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
Installation of this product is possible as a DIY, but professional installation is highly recommended.