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 if for brand new vehicles, not every vehicle come with Apple CarPlay system but a selective options.
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 2011 to 2015 models, those with NTG4 ~ 4.7 version Audio20 / COMAND 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 controller or touching the screen with touch screen overlay.
Which works like below
Just like above, up on press and hold of 'C' 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 of 2011 - 2015.
And for those face lifted / new added class models from 2013, such as
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 5.8" Audio20 or 7" 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 W204 C-Class from 2011 to 2015
Mercedes Benz W212 E-Class from 2011 to 2015
Mercedes Benz W221 S-Class from 2008 - 2014
Mercedes W218 CLS Class from 2010 - 2014
Mercedes Benz R172 SLK Class from 2011 to 2015
Mercedes Benz W164 ML Class from 2011 to 2014
Mercedes Benz X164 GL Class from 2011 to 2014
Mercedes Benz X208 GLK Class from 2010 to 2015*
All of them are supported, along with other vehicles from Mercedes Benz, with
same audio NTG4.5 Audio20 / COMAND.
*GLK Class is believed to be never sold within Australia, however it is still compatible even if it is an overseas import.
Factory Screen Integration will be configured with existing control dial knob and buttons.
Also for those Mercedes from 2013 to 2015 models below are compatible in option of upgrade along with 8" Monitor display:
Mercedes Benz W176 A-Class from 2013 - 2015
Mercedes Benz W246 B-Class from 2012 - 2015
Mercedes Benz C117 CLA-Class from 2013 - 2015
Mercedes Benz X156 GLA-Class from 2014 - 2015
Mercedes Benz G-Class from 2013 - 2015
All of above are supported regardless of the trim / range, with option of integrating it along with our 8" Replacement monitor for Mercedes Benz - MB80.
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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