Through Harman’s end-to-end infotainment system, a vehicle’s Bluetooth and WiFi will enable the connectivity required to support CarPlay. This will certainly create a greatly enhanced wireless experience for the user.
Wireless Apple CarPlay
The solution is currently being deployed in the market on Harman infotainment systems for BWM.
We have seen Apple CarPlay supported through USB connection, but Harman is the first to enable wireless implementation. This was achieved using an iPhone connecting via Bluetooth and data transferring via WiFi.
The Harman infotainment system provides flexibility between native and CarPlay Human Machine Interfaces (HMIs), and allows for simultaneous operation of head unit functionality and CarPlay navigation.
The integration of Apple CarPlay provides users full access of their iPhone’s functions through the car’s display. This means calls, music playback, mobile office, and navigation can all be controlled through stereo head unit. Additionally, the system also allows the use of voice-recognition for a safer, hands-free experience.
Phil Eyler, executive vice president and president, Connected Car, Harman, said:
Harman continues to deliver options to consumers for seamless integration of multiple mobile ecosystems into our integrated automotive platform… Whether CarPlay, Android Auto, or any other projection mode solution, Harman is the industry leader with pioneering support for these accessory apps. We look forward to working with automakers to roll out this technology and together with many Harman solutions to offer consumers safe, secure, and harmonious driving experiences.”