Mercedes-Benz's New MBUX System Will Feature Wireless CarPlay

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that its new MBUX infotainment system will feature support for wireless CarPlay in future vehicles.


    The all-new 2019 A-Class will be Mercedes-Benz's first vehicle equipped with the MBUX system when it goes on sale later this year, according to a spokesperson for the automaker's parent company Daimler in Germany. Wireless CarPlay will expand to other new Mercedes-Benz vehicles in 2019, the spokesperson told MacRumors.

    The automaker previously announced that the 2019 A-Class will be available in a sedan model in the United States, while a hatchback version will also be sold in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and select other regions. The spokesperson said wireless CarPlay will be available in all of those markets.

    A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz in the United States declined to comment on MBUX's wireless capabilities until midsummer. It's still early, so it's possible the company's exact vehicle and market rollout of wireless CarPlay could change.

    Barring announcements from other automakers, Mercedes-Benz will likely become the second to offer vehicles with wireless CarPlay functionality, after BMW rolled out the feature starting with its 2017 5 Series a few years ago. Apple first introduced wireless CarPlay in 2015 alongside iOS 9.

    Alpine Electronics also offers an aftermarket infotainment system with wireless CarPlay for self-installations in other vehicles.

    Every other automaker that offers CarPlay currently uses a wired implementation that requires connecting the iPhone to the system with a Lightning to USB cable. The platform is available in well over 300 vehicle models, and it's generally considered to be a highly desired feature with strong customer satisfaction.

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  2. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Mercedes Benz is working hard to make Android Auto and he applecar thing irrelevant. And they are getting it done. Mercedes' OS is really maturing.
  3. randyhudson macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    East Coast
    Looking forward to the annual subscription to use my phone in my car
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    MBUX. Since this is Mercedes we're talking about, does this acronym translate as "maximum bucks"?
  5. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    As cool as the current digital instrument clusters are on the European cars, I prefer an actual analog gauge, with a supplemental center LCD screen. Call me old school but I just prefer an actual needle in the actual 3D world, not a 2D approximation of a needle lol.
  6. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    From the car manufacturer’s perspective an old fashioned gauge is too reliable, and if it broke down they can’t charge much for the rather basic parts. An LCD screen on the other hand...
    The flip side is some iterations you can choose the layout.
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    What I find really annoying is wireless android auto only came out last year and Kenwood has six head units equipped with it, without including wireless CarPlay? Why did that happen? Stupid licensing costs by Apple perhaps? Like HomeKit all over again.
  7. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Im really looking forward to the article that tells us why wireless CarPlay is lagging behind so much for apparently no reason.
  8. Attirex macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2015
    So Cal plastic surgeons on MR forums debate Merc vs BMW in 3...2......
  9. compete12 macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2010
    Bully for you.
  10. Oblivious.Robot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2014
    I really dig the 2018 A Class interiors! As long as next gen CLA gets the same tech or more, with mini-CLS body, I'm sold! :D
  11. KiwiAdventure Suspended

    Dec 7, 2010
    New Zealand
    BMW has had Wireless CarPlay option in their cars for over a year.
  12. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Yep, I have it in mine. MR, please update the article!

    BTW this is a terrific feature. Combined with wireless charging, it's really a top-notch experience for iPhone X + BMW.
  13. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    I have a car with CarPlay (2018 Accord Sport) and I have to say CarPlay is..........not really used. If it was wireless, it'd get substantially more use.
  14. geenosr macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2007
    I can tell you that wireless CarPlay is awesome! I installed the Alpine unit in my truck last year, and it's great to leave my phone in my pocket, or just not worry about a wire (unless I need a charge). It was a little sticky to get started, but now it works like Apple stuff should work-----without worries!
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    That is how I feel about most of the luxury brand Car OS's. They have come a long way and are better than CarPlay/Android Auto.

    They look better, typically have a HUD, and integrate with the rest of the cars features.

    CarPlay really shines on the middle-class cars where the car interface seems like an afterthought.
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    Am I going crazy here? I thought wireless carplay still had a "dock". Like there was a wireless dock you still had to place your phone on for it to work?
  16. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Why would anyone talk about either company? Neither has had a relevant car in over a decade.

    Tesla Model S has been crushing the S-Class and 7-Series since 2015. Since 2016, Model S sales have exceeded the other two combined.

    Tesla Model 3 is already crushing the 3-Series as of April and is on track to crush the C-Class this month.
  17. bananataffy macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2012
    As a reservation-holder for the Tesla Model 3 (and a huge Tesla fan in general), I have to say this new Mercedes A-Class hatchback is the first car in the same price range which is seriously making me reconsider pulling the trigger on the Model 3. Definitely an Apples & Oranges comparison, since the Model 3 is fully electric and the Merc A-Class isn't even a hybrid...but the latter is IMO not only sexy, it has an interior that blows away the Tesla.
  18. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I have never heard of this. I don't think this is right.
  19. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Why are we talking about the Merc and BMW? They have Wireless CarPlay, which is the topic of this thread.

    So the better question is why are you bragging about Tesla sales numbers on an Apple forum in a thread about Wireless CarPlay?
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    No, it doesn't require a dock.

    In fact, I can't make any sense of what you are picturing. Why would a dock be wireless? What is the dock doing if it doesn't have a wire connected to it?

    So I am not a doctor, but yes, you are indeed going crazy. ;)
  20. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    I was really disappointed that CarPlay wasn't in the damn W205 at launch. It was even shown off in the promo videos but they didn't add the damn thing until MY 2018 and even then it's either CarPlay or command and command is really a must have in any Mercedes. I would never buy one without it.
  21. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Basically comparing a gilded wagon to an actual car. The interior kind of reminds me of a Los Vegas bathroom. The toilet was gold, but it was still a toilet, and it made you wonder why more than anything else.
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    lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    The Model S is a great car but it's more like a Panamera than S-class. The S-class has more luxurious options and interior space that the Model S can't match. It's also limited by it's range. It's no good for long-distance travel just your average daily commute. Only a little over 23k Model 3s have been produced. Tesla has pretty serious liquidity problems and the company may not even exist in a few years unless they can fulfill all of the outstanding Model 3 orders. Musk has been able to raise money before under pressure but they've really been burning through cash like crazy and wasting money on buggy automation instead just having humans build the damn things.
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    In addition except for the halo Tesla Roadster and the Model S, Teslas are pretty ugly. The popularity of the Model 3 is really more about owning something from Tesla which until now was out of reach for a lot of Elon's fans. It's definitely prettier than a Prius for sure, but not an A4, 3 series or C-Class.

    On a sidenote, this MBUX is powered by Nvidia which is pretty cool.
  23. rlhamil macrumors regular


    Feb 6, 2010
    Not sure what the point to wireless CarPlay would be, except for people that only take very short trips; on a multi-hour drive I'd certainly want the phone charging anyway, so might as well have data as well as power going through the wire.
  24. WBRacing macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2012
    100% agree.

    I drove an Audi TT and as mildy amusing as it was to be able to change the screen, there was no satisfaction with the way the screen needles swept. All a bit too PlayStation for my liking.
  25. L-Viz macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2017
    Here is the thing. Even current generation Mercedes "COMAND" is superior to lousy car play. Car Play has such a bad design, the resolution, font size, limited information displayed, Apple Maps, ugh ... it is a useless disaster.
    I think to would be nice in a 1986 Honda Civic, but current generations of high end german cars just do it better on their own. Wireless Car Play only makes sense for short trips. If your ride is longer than 30 minutes, the battery of your fine thin iPhone will be drained to ZERO.

    I haven't seen MBUX yet but it is really promising. If Mercedes voice command works like Alexa and not Siri, then all music and messaging could be controlled in a beautiful safe way.

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