Boss Audio has a new wireless CarPlay multimedia player with a capacitive touchscreen and steering wheel control options for $399.99.
Wireless CarPlay was first introduced in 2015 but has seen a very slow rollout among car manufacturers and aftermarket units. The feature has trickled down to affordable consumer vehicles released in 2020 like the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe and the 2021 Honda Accord.
Aftermarket multimedia players have been the best way to get CarPlay to consumers, since replacing a stereo is much cheaper than replacing an entire vehicle. Boss Audio claims to be the first American-based aftermarket brand to make a wireless CarPlay unit.
There are a total of four multimedia players available, two via Boss and two via the company's portfolio brands Planet Audio and Sound Storm Laboratories. The four models give customers some choice over fit and finish, but they are all priced the same and have the same set of features.
The features include:
- Wireless Apple CarPlay
- Capacitive 6.75-inch Touchscreen
- Multicolor Illumination
- Bluetooth Audio Streaming
- Compatible with Audio Output of iPod/iPhone, Smartphones and MP3 Players
- Front & Rear Camera Input
- Front, Rear, Sub Pre-Amp Outputs
- Aux In (3.5 mm)
- Switchable U.S. & EU Tuner Frequencies
- Steering Wheel Control Input (Interface not included)
- USB Port: CarPlay & Android Auto, USB 2A Fast Charging
The RBDS Tuner is available on all models except the Boss Elite.
The Vice President of Marketing at Boss Audio, Xin Hamilton, had this to say about introducing the new multimedia players.
"They say the future is wireless and we couldn't agree more. Today's drivers are demanding easier, more customizable car audio experiences that don't require a cord," said Hamilton. "We're excited to provide them with a bespoke suite of entertainment, customized navigation, and personalized communication options, all of which are easily accessible and inclusive of safety features like rear camera input that keep drivers and their passenger safe and happy."
The four available units each cost $399.99.