Before the 2015 CES show Volkswagen announced they had a demonstration of wireless CarPlay to display, but inexplicably Apple put a stop to it. CarPlay has had the capability to be used wirelessly since the release of iOS 9, yet no vehicle actually had this feature available to be used until now.
It was revealed this week that the new BMW 5 Series would be the first production vehicle to be able to use CarPlay wirelessly (with a $300 caveat). Sorry Andorid users, only Apple CarPlay will be available at this time.
While this car won’t be hitting dealerships until February 2017 it looks as if Apple is loosening the reigns on how CarPlay connects to your car. Hopefully in the coming months we can see the wireless CarPlay feature being unlocked for other vehicles as well as aftermarket head units.