A client from Langley recently contacted the team at Certified Autosound and Security in Abbotsford to inquire about adding Apple CarPlay to his 2017 BMW X1 sport activity vehicle. The client travels a great deal and after experiencing the safety and efficiency benefits of CarPlay in several rental cars, he wanted it for his vehicle. We set to work finding a solution.
MMI CarPlay Interface
After some research, we found a BMW-compatible interface called the CarPlay MMI. The “black box” module is designed specifically for BMW vehicles and integrates with the factory display in the dash and the iDrive controller to provide an experience so seamless, you’d think it was installed at the factory.
The installation requires removal of several dash components as well as the radio. Thankfully, our team of installation technicians has worked on a wide variety of BMW and European vehicles, so this wasn’t a problem.
The CarPlay MMI interface comes with all the wiring required to complete the installation, including a T-harness and a new USB port for the client’s iPhone. We completed the connections in the dash and started the vehicle to test the functionality of the interface before mounting everything. With all functions working, we secured the control module in the dash, put the radio back in place and bundled up all the wiring.
We flush-mounted the new USB port in the factory cigarette lighter power socket for a clean and tidy look.
The Benefits of Apple CarPlay
If you haven’t used CarPlay before, visit one of our stores and check it out. CarPlay is software that runs on your car’s multimedia system to provide a voice-controlled interface that lets you send text messages, make phone calls and choose the entertainment source you want. You can play music stored on your iPhone or choose from a variety of streaming services like iHeartRadio, Apple Music, Google Play Music or Tidal. Several audiobook and podcast applications are also compatible with CarPlay, so you can catch up on the latest best-seller while you drive.
CarPlay provides turn-by-turn navigation instructions using Apple Maps, Google Maps or Waze to make your trips safe and efficient. All three navigation applications take into account real-time traffic flow information to optimize your route.
BMW X1 CarPlay Interface Upgrade
After a few hours of work, it was time to turn the X1 back over to the client. We showed him how to connect his phone and enable the new BMW CarPlay interface. The system works flawlessly, and the client was thrilled. If you are interested in adding CarPlay to your car or truck, drop by Certified Autosound in Abbotsford, Maple Ridge or Chilliwack or send us an e-mail.