Mitsubishi Begins Adopting Wireless CarPlay

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.

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Klae17 Avatar
44 months ago
TIL Mitsubishi was still around.
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macsplusmacs Avatar
44 months ago
With magsafe, I really wish all car makers had standardized on wireless already.
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oosamon Avatar
44 months ago

TIL Mitsubishi was still around.
Not sure whether even rental companies will buy them.....
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Alan Wynn Avatar
44 months ago

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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DogGone Avatar
44 months ago
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 Avatar
44 months ago

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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