Since their mid-decade launch, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have required a physical USB connection in almost all cases. But new in-car multimedia systems are beginning to offer wireless integration of the two platforms — first among aftermarket stereos, but more recently from a few factory systems. In the span of just a few model years, wireless integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto has gone from rare to widespread. Although most cars still require a conventional tethered USB connection for either integration, numerous models now offer wireless CarPlay or Android Auto — the latter showing up more recently, but in some cases addable to previous model years via over-the-air updates.
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