Harman pioneers wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity


Harman has announced the “successful commercial implementation” of Apple CarPlay through a wireless connection, a first for the connected car industry. Harman said that the solution is currently being deployed in the market on Harman infotainment systems for a luxury German automaker. From the demo picture, we can understand that the client is BMW.

While other implementations of Apple CarPlay have been through a USB connection to-date, Harman is the first to enable wireless implementation with the 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 company said. As you might know, the integration of Apple CarPlay provides users the various functions of their iPhone, including calls, music playback, mobile office, and navigation to be controlled through the car’s display. Additionally, the system also allows the use of voice-recognition for a hands-free experience.

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. – Phil Eyler, Executive Vice President and President, Connected Car, Harman

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