Apple CarPlay is one of the most innovative in-vehicle connectivity systems in modern vehicles. It usually comes alongside Android Auto compatibility. Apple CarPlay has been able to communicate with vehicles wirelessly since 2015, and now the 2017 BMW 5 Series is taking advantage of that technology.
The BMW 5 Series sedan will be the first to support wireless Apple CarPlay. That essentially means that drivers won’t have to connect their smartphone to the car via USB cable in order to use the software. That’s a major step that will appeal to a massive amount of drivers.
Apple CarPlay links to the iDrive system, which is a displayed on a 10.25-inch touchscreen. Drivers can interact with their favorite apps, make calls, and more through the iDrive Touch Controller. Voice commands and tapping the screen also work.
BMW officially integrated Apple CarPlay into its lineup back in May, a late start in the automotive segment. Now the German automaker is jumping ahead of competitors by offering the first vehicle that makes use of Apple CarPlay’s wireless capabilities.
The 2017 BMW 5 Series will ship out in February 2017, wireless Apple CarPlay and all.
We here at BMW of Bowling Green are happy to see the BMW 5 Series staying ahead of the pack when it comes to technology.