Apple stopped Volkswagen from showing off wireless CarPlay at CES

Volkswagen CarPlay

Despite the fact that CarPlay technically supports wireless connectivity, it’s apparently not something that Apple’s prepared for auto manufacturers to show off just yet.

According to a report published recently by Car and Driver, Volkswagen wanted to show off a wireless setup of Apple CarPlay at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place right now in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, as revealed by Volkmar Tannerberger, head of electrical and electronic development at Volkswagen, Apple had other ideas.

“We wanted to demonstrate wireless CarPlay and the owner of CarPlay technology didn’t allow us to,” Volkmar Tannerberger, head of electrical and electronic development at Volkswagen, told Car and Driver.”

Apple officially rolled out support for wireless CarPlay with the release of iOS 9 in 2015. However, while the support exists, there isn’t a publicly available via a commercial release product that offers that specific functionality just yet. As it stands right now, using CarPlay means plugging the iPhone into the infotainment or aftermarket system by way of the USB port.

As to why Apple chose to prevent Volkswagen from showing off the feature, that’s still unknown. However, considering the lack of availability of wireless CarPlay right now, it’s likely that the company simply wanted to have more of a say, and probably more control, of how the showcase happened.

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[via Car and Driver]

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