Harman Enables Integration of Apple CarPlay Through Wireless Connectivity
Harman has implemented the wireless integration of Apple CarPlay for commercial use in networked cars according to the company. Through Harman’s infotainment system, the car’s Bluetooth and WiFi will enable the connectivity required for CarPlay, creating a greatly enhanced wireless experience in the cockpit according to Harman. The solution is currently being deployed in Harman’s infotainment systems for a luxury German car maker according to the audio specialist’s press release.
While other implementations of Apple CarPlay have been supported 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 according to the company. 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. The system should also allow voice recognition for a safer, hands-free driving experience.