Mercedes Benz, one of the best-known luxury car brands, has been getting even more luxurious lately with its improved compatibility with Apple CarPlay. This app lets you perform all sorts of actions with your phone via the car’s control knob and vocal commands alone. You will be able to listen to music and even use the iPhone’s navigation system plus other functions.Apple CarPlay is not available for 2015 and older Mercedes-Benz cars. Mercedes-Benz owners who want to get Apple CarPlay will have to install an aftermarket receiver that is Apple CarPlay ready.
What is Mercedes Benz Apple CarPlay?
It can be pretty dangerous and inconvenient to call or text while driving. Apple CarPlay is an app that makes it easy and safe to use your iPhone while you’re busy behind the wheel. You will find it possible to use certain iPhone functions without getting distracted, thanks to technology that allows the phone to mesh with your car’s controls.
It completely changes the way you interact with the phone while driving by transferring the phone’s interface onto the much bigger dashboard screen. You can use such functions as Maps, music, and even text by voice control via Siri.
Although Apple Car Play primarily works with native apps, there are several third party apps that you can use. These include iHeart Radio, Spotify, Pandora, and Stitcher. The only thing you might not like is that you cannot control the vehicle settings through CarPlay. That means you have to exit the app to change climate control settings, control the radio and change the driving mode.
What Mercedes models is CarPlay compatible with?
The current version of Apple CarPlay can support the 2016 and newer versions of the following models:
- E-Class Cabriolet
- E-Class Coupe
As for the E-Class and SL-Class, only the 2017 and newer models are supported.
But apart from having a compatible car, you also need to have a compatible phone. Apple CarPlay can works with any iPhone model from the iPhone 5 and later. That means any iPhone 5s or 5c, iPhone 6s and 6c, as well as the iPhone 7 and 7 plus, are all supported. Apart from that, your phone will need iOS 7 and later. As for the hardware, all you need is the right Lightning USB cable to establish a physical connection.
How do you connect your iPhone to Mercedes CarPlay?
To connect your iPhone to Mercedes CarPlay, all you do is connect your phone to the USB port. Your car will then detect the connection, and the CarPlay icon will pop up. At this point, all apps that are able to work with CarPlay will be displayed. Once this is done, you will be asked to choose whether to enable Automatic Start. This is a convenient feature that remembers your phone and your settings the moment you plug your iPhone in. If you won’t be using the phone with your CarPlay regularly, for example, if it is your friend’s phone, you will need to select ‘Connect Manually.’
You can also use Bluetooth if your car has this feature. Simply follow the following steps:
Press the voice control button and hold it, or put your car in wireless or Bluetooth pairing mode. Next, go to your iPhone and select ‘settings’, then navigate to ‘general’. Choose CarPlay, Available Cars, then choose your car.
What Features Does CarPlay Have?
Navigation: You will not be able to use your car’s navigation system since CarPlay has a fixed interface. The app will instead display Apple Maps which is equally reliable. You can control it using voice commands or by physically tapping the dashboard controls. Siri sometimes does not understand where you would like to navigate to. In such cases, you can manually type the address yourself on the car’s screen.
Voice Control: The whole essence of CarPlay is to make it easy to use the phone while driving. This is done by enabling you to control your phone with your voice as much as possible. While you might find the interface to be exactly like the iPhone, it works in a very different way. CarPlay will work by voice control via Siri. You can activate Siri by pressing the voice prompt buttons on the steering wheel, or the dashboard touch screen. You can also get Siri running by saying, ‘Hey Siri’.
Siri may not always understand your voice commands. In that case, you will have to use physical means to control the app.
Texting: Apple set out to make it as easy as possible for you to call or text while driving without having to use your already busy hands. You can call or text by simply tapping the phone button on the dashboard touchscreen, or by commanding Siri. CarPlay composes and reads the texts via text-to-speech software.
Playing Music: Apple limited the number of apps that you can use to listen to music. This can only be done via the apps on the preset interface such as Apple Music, Podcasts, as well as Audiobooks. Fortunately, you are free to install a number of third party apps such as Stitcher, Spotify, and Slacker Radio etc.
How Siri Integrates With Your Mercedes
To make things as convenient as possible, Siri is a major part of CarPlay. It can be useful when trying to locate a nearby restaurant or find your way to any address. Siri also senses whenever you get behind the wheel and will give you information to aid your driving. At the same time, it tries to avoid giving you any information that might distract your driving.