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By Jason Siu Feb 23, 2017
Drivers will soon be able to connect their iPhones to their cars and use Apple CarPlay wirelessly.
This is a first for the connected car industry, as up until now, Apple CarPlay required the user to plug their phone in through a USB connection. Harman’s technology allows the iPhone to connect via Bluetooth and data transfer via WiFi, providing flexibility between native and CarPlay Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs) as well as simultaneous use of head unit functionality and CarPlay integration.
The company said its infotainment system is currently being deployed for a luxury German automaker, which is likely BMW based on the image it included with the press release. BMW announced support for wireless CarPlay late last year and Harman’s announcement comes as the 2017 BMW 5 Series with wireless CarPlay begins arriving dealerships in the U.S.
Harman is a “tier 1” supplier and also works with various other automakers including Audi, Volkswagen, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and more. Although the company hasn’t confirmed it will roll out the technology to other automakers, it’s more than likely we will see it in other vehicles soon. It will be interesting to see if Android Auto follows suit.