Factory Apple CarPlay Setup - For 2017 Mercedes Benz E-Class model.
As Apple CarPlay is available for latest models from car manufacturers, most of 'near new' or recent models are left with same / similar looking Infotainment screen systems, yet missing out Apple CarPlay features and can't be updated.
Due to most of Factory infotainment systems those came out before Apple CarPlay equipped one, will not have video inputs to support connecting your phone
for Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto also.
Although Mercedes Benz was the first one who entered the Smartphone Interface market as a prestige brand, still only few selection of vehicles & range received the either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and left the previous vehicles & owners neglected by not providing it as an after care nor upgrade package.
Furthermore, even after 2016 and now in 2017, STILL some of Mercedes vehicles do not have neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto as a standard - of course for those flagship line up & top of the ranges do come with both, yet quite devastating when you spend more than $70K on a vehicle and a feature that comes in Holden or Hyundai as a standard, not there.
Having said that, quite lots of Mercedes are running on the road without one, despite the fact they look brand new / fully optioned.
So the questions are, Will Mercedes provide support for those cases, and will owners in that situation not be able to get one in their vehicle?
The answer is 'maybe' for first, and 'no' for second.
And now, we are officially providing an Apple CarPlay also, for those Mercedes vehicles from 2016 to current models, those with new NTG5 and above audio equipped vehicles.
Without change nor removal of anything from the vehicle, we provide complete retrofit type Apple CarPlay Platform into Mercedes' Factory Audio screen.
Which will result with Apple CarPlay system to be displayed on the existing Audio screen - regardless of the screen size nor audio difference, and you will be able to connect your iPhone to dedicated USB port, and control with existing audio control dial and buttons.
Which works like below:
Just like above, up on press and hold of 'NAVI' button located next to audio control dial, will switch screen display mode between Factory radio and Apple CarPlay mode.
And from there, you can use existing control dial and buttons controller to move around ,select app and command via button / voice with SiRi.
Which applies to almost every vehicle within timeline from 2016 to current.
And for those vehicles with 7" Screen, yet wish to upgrade to 8" along with dedicated touch function for the Apple CarPlay:
Which will provide dedicated touch function to the Apple CarPlay features, those will be displayed on new 8" monitor, along with existing Factory features those won't be affected by change of the display,
Yet of course, you can still choose to use Factory fitted 7" Audio20 / 9" COMAND screen, without a purchase of replacement monitor.
Those of you are seeing this blog post right now, may have some knowledge or have basic idea of what Apple CarPlay is and how it actually works - yet for those of you who aren't , let us breakdown the benefit of having CarPlay in your Mercedes.
CONTROL of the iPhone on the iDrive Screen.
If you still need to use your phone while driving, at least use it through car audio screen with full control of essential features, supported by Apple.
Here's what you will find in the Apple CarPlay once meets with your Mercedes's Audio system - with Naviplus's Integration service.
Navigation with Apple Maps / Waze GPS app – Free turn-by-turn navigation with lane guidance, live traffic conditions, points of interest, and more
Hands-free phone and messaging – Make calls and send messages without taking your hands off the wheel, via Phone and iMessage
Info and assistance – Get weather, traffic, commute information and more organized into simple cards
Bring your music – Listen to your music and playlists in the car with your built-in stereo system
GPS NAVIGATION WITH APPLE MAP
Perhaps the main & solid reason why people are after the Apple CarPlay in their vehicle.
Well known accuracy and Live Traffic service provided by Apple Map's Navigation along with its great voice command and recognition - It will come in to your Mercedes' Audio screen.
Despite the fact the almost every Mercedes Benz from 2011 came out with Sat Nav, regardless of class / trim grade - still, map update is quite something that bothers people in terms of time and cost wise.
And for Apple Map - with bare minimum consumption of mobile data from your iphone, It will provide latest GPS Map info, Live Traffic, fastest route for your destination and stress free of map update.
Not to mention It will search wherever you want to go with simple voice command.
MEDIA STREAMING -MUSIC
If you are in the car, Odds are that you want to listen to music while driving, even want more if you happened to have some flyest jams in your phone.
With Apple CarPlay, along with Music App and Spotify that everyone uses, It will provide live stream of music through car speakers, without touching your phone for just 1 second.
And this will work even if your car does not have bluetooth audio streaming feature, as while action will go through your iPhone, and sound will be played via car speakers through internal AUX / Multimedia connection.
Communication - Handsfree iMessage and PHONE calL
Whilst Apple CarPlay is involved with an idea of 'using mobile phone while driving', at the same time it's set to offer a safer driving experience.
There will be a time that you will need to check your phone while driving, and it is indeed dangerous act for both you and others on the road.
Luckily, Apple CarPlay supports Messaging function, that reads out the message to you and reply to it without you actually touching the phone.
Also with Phone call, whether It will collaborate with Factory fitted bluetooth phone call feature, and also own phone call mic and more.
And compatible with vehicles of below, via in form of Factory audio retrofit type:
Mercedes Benz W176 A-Class from 2016 to Current
Mercedes Benz W246 B-Class from 2016 to Current
Mercedes Benz C117 CLA-Class from 2016 to Current
Mercedes Benz X156 GLA Class from 2016 to Current
Mercedes Benz W446 V-Class from 2016 to Current
Mercedes Benz W205 C-Class from 2015 to Current
Mercedes Benz GLC Class from 2015 to Current
Mercedes Benz G-Class from 2016 to Current.
Naviplus's Apple CarPlay Retrofit service for Mercedes is currently available, for local customers in Melbourne VIC Australia and soon to be expand to Aus-wide and World-wide.
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