More and more Mercedes Benz new cars come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. However, many Mercedes do not have the options built into the head units. For these vehicles we have now developed a new Mercedes Wireless Apple CarPlay SmartBox solution that will enable Wireless CarPlay and Android Auto to any Mercedes 2011 to 2015 with NTG4.5/4.7 Comand or Audio 20 with Becker Map Pilot Sat Nav. If you are unsure which Comand or Audio 20 you have, check our Head-unit Version Fact Sheet.
The centre dash trim and radio need to be removed to install this product. The connections are Plug & Play.
Apple CarPlay connects wirelessly or via USB cable. Android Auto connects by USB cable, or sometimes wirelessly on late Samsung phones (and a few others)
The device operates in a very similar way to the factory fitted option. Control is from the main Comand Controller in the centre of the car. Selecting USB (or AUX) on the AUDIO menu will switch the sound. Subsequently, pressing and holding the ‘Back’ button on the Comand Controller or steering wheel will switch the video. Also, the C button on the Comand Controller will activate Siri.
The system differs in the way it selects audio and video separately. If Audio & Video are both switched across to CarPlay then the system will work totally seamlessly. This is great if you are listening to music from your phone (iTunes, Spotify, etc). CarPlay navigation commands will interrupt as expected.
If however, you choose to listen to the car system (eg. FM/DAB radio, CD etc), you will need to switch away the audio from the Mercedes Wireless Apple CarPlay SmartBox to select your source. This means that as the CarPlay SmartBox has no way of switching it’s sound back on. Using an internet radio player will enable seamless radio and navigation. This does not affect the in-built navigation.