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Japanese automaker Mitsubishi this week introduced the redesigned 2022 Outlander, its first vehicle available with wireless CarPlay.

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Wireless CarPlay works over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, allowing for an iPhone to be connected to the infotainment system without a Lightning cable. In addition to being convenient, this wireless connectivity will soon become more important, as reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously claimed that Apple will introduce at least one high-end iPhone without a Lightning connector this year, resulting in the device being completely portless.

The fourth-generation Outlander is equipped with a 9-inch touchscreen that provides access to both wireless CarPlay and Android Auto. Wireless smartphone charging is also available alongside standard USB-A and USB-C charging ports.

Depending on the trim level, the 2022 Outlander can be fitted with up to 20-inch wheels, a 10.8-inch heads-up display on the windshield, a 10-speaker Bose audio system, a panoramic sunroof, and other options. The vehicle is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine and is equipped with three-row seating as standard equipment.

Mitsubishi says the 2022 Outlander will be available at North American dealerships starting April 2021, with U.S. pricing starting at $25,795.

Wireless CarPlay is finally beginning to see wider adoption, with several automakers now rolling out the feature in select regions, including Hyundai, Honda, Ford, GM, Chrysler, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Car audio brands like Alpine and Pioneer also offer aftermarket wireless CarPlay receivers for do-it-yourself installation.

Article Link: Mitsubishi Begins Adopting Wireless CarPlay
 

DogGone

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The delay in implementing these tech is the worst thing about car companies. Bluetooth connectivity has been around for years now and so has Qi charging. Hell, my five year old Prius has Qi and bluetooth.
The main issue is the proprietary platforms that the makers keep pushing and the fact that the platforms have limited upgradability.
Just look at the flexibility of the iPhone and how easy it is it bring in new apps and new functionality. Car makers don't care about supporting customers after the sale is closed. You are stuck with the same interface that came with the car and minimal improvements after that.
 
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JJSantoro

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I must say I love this feature. In my 2018 car I had to use a cable. Now in my 2021 its wireless, it automatically connects when I get near the car. Love the keyless entry and everything. Huge upgrade for me.
 

foobarbaz

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Can someone please explain to me how wireless CarPlay works with multiple iPhones? Say my wife and I both configure our phones to connect to the WiFi. How does the driver pick their phone to show up and not the passenger's?
 

JJSantoro

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Can someone please explain to me how wireless CarPlay works with multiple iPhones? Say my wife and I both configure our phones to connect to the WiFi. How does the driver pick their phone to show up and not the passenger's?
I think the main phone will connect by default. In my car at least you can choose what phone to connect as well Or switch phones. I have always had two iPhones, when I upgrade I always use the previous one as an iPod. So the iPod one always automatically connects. i Hoped that helped a bit.
 
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wigby

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They need to optimize this for rental cars. I don't want to pair my phone with a rental, both because it's cumbersome and because it's a security risk.
How would you use Wireless CarPlay without pairing it to the car wirelessly? I agree that if they remove the convenience of charging while paired, they should improve security but I don't see why wireless would be any more secure.
 

Alan Wynn

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They need to optimize this for rental cars. I don't want to pair my phone with a rental, both because it's cumbersome and because it's a security risk.
Wired CarPlay is much better for rental cars, as I do not have to worry about it pairing with my iPhone when I no longer have the car. Back when I used to rent a lot (pre-Pandemic) and before I always got a CarPlay car, I would leave my iPhone paired with Bluetooth to see how many times I got the same car. It was not often, but also not never. :cool:
 
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entropys

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Wired CarPlay is much better for rental cars, as I do not have to worry about it pairing with my iPhone when I no longer have the car. Back when I used to rent a lot (pre-Pandemic) and before I always got a CarPlay car, I would leave my iPhone paired to see how many times I got the same car. It was not often, but also not never. :cool:
It would be the same with wireless. The last five (usually) paired iPhones are in the menu.
 
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entropys

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Can someone please explain to me how wireless CarPlay works with multiple iPhones? Say my wife and I both configure our phones to connect to the WiFi. How does the driver pick their phone to show up and not the passenger's?
Exactly the same as if it were wired. The last paired phone starts by default if in range, otherwise the nearest iPhone in range on the paired list. Or you can force it from the menu.
 

entropys

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It is at the point now it is annoying if a new car doesn’t have wireless carplay. I have been using wireless carplay for a few years on my old Mazda with an aftermarket kenwood unit. Fantastic.
just bought a new main car with all the bells and whistles (including wireless charging), except wireless carplay. Very annoying marring that beautiful dashboard and console with a cable. And makes wireless charging rather pointless. Seems old fashioned.
I find it so annoying I have ordered a Carlinkit to give it wireless carplay. Currently on special for about $108 USD. Hope it works.
 

Michael Scrip

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once mitusbishi killed the eclipse I completely stopped paying attention

A college buddy had a 2nd-gen Eclipse GS-T

That was a FAST little car.

But it sucked to take a 5-hour roadtrip to the beach. We had 4 people crammed in like sardines. :p
 
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norbinhouston

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Once you go wireless carplay you can't go back to wired. So so convenient.

As for Mitsubishi, I hope they do well, they were such a cool company back in the day.
 

BlueCreek

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Do you really think it makes sense comparing cheap Mitsubishis with flagship products from BMW and presumably Audi? Like lol what, of course those brands would be ahead - if they weren’t, they wouldnt be luxury brands
Definitely not just limited to luxury brands, I have it in my VW golf, SEAT/Skoda also already offer wireless CarPlay.
 
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