BMW announced a few hours ago with a press conference that the BMW 5 Series Sedan of 2017 will be the first car on the market to support Apple’s wireless CarPlay system.
As reported in the press release , iPhone users will be able to connect with the BMW iDrive system and access the CarPlay over a wireless connection. ” BMW is the first carmaker to integrate the company CarPlay Apple without any type of cable , ‘it reads.
Wireless CarPlay debuted with iOS 9, but the system, until now, had not been implemented in any car.
Last year, Volkswagen wanted to have a demo at CES, but Apple stopped everything at the last minute. Whereas BMW will launch its new car in February 2017 with CarPlay Wireless, it will be interesting to see how they change with VW plans.
The BMW 5 Series Sedan will begin hitting the streets in February of 2017. It’s unclear at this point if wireless CarPlay is included at the base tier or if it will be an update, but we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an extra charge associated with it.