During CES we got a glimpse of wireless Android Auto in action with two new Pioneer head units, the AVIC-W8400NEX and AVH-W4400NEX. As Ben Schoon from 9to5 Google reported, “I walked away from checking this functionality out extremely impressed (and considering swapping out the head unit in my nearly brand new Impreza).”
As the saying goes, good things come to those that wait so you know what that means… no release date has been set. However while we wait for an official release date for wireless Android Auto, the Android Police did a little investigating into the upcoming v3.0 release. In this teardown they found and interesting addition, Wi-Fi Projection mode within the Android Auto app.
While at this time it is merely just a string of code it looks like wireless Android Auto will function similarly to wireless Apple CarPlay which means you will need to have a car stereo that has Wi-Fi. A simple Bluetooth connection will not be enough to project the phone display onto your car’s in-dash display.