Android Auto wireless dongle may arrive in December

Android Auto makes it easy – though not necessarily safe – to use navigation apps and control media while driving. However, there is a slight friction in setting up the system when it comes to the actual connection. A cable is used in most cars to run Android Auto, but an ambitious project plans to bring a wireless version of Google’s platform to your current car using just a dongle.

There is a small smart device called the “AAverless” dongle that plugs into the USB port of your car which already has Android Auto and enables wireless connection with your smartphone. how?

Developer Emil Borkoni (via) XDA) Previously developed an app called “AAGateway” that can use another Android smartphone to create a wireless version of Android Auto in your car. It was a clever idea but it clearly required a second smartphone while limiting it. With this new gadget, Borconi is attempting to make that idea work without a second smartphone, just a custom-developed piece of hardware that connects to your car’s USB port.

When used, this dongle will take about 10 seconds to boot itself and about 30-40 seconds to connect to your phone and start running on your car’s display.

Work prototypes are already in place, and testing is already underway on some vehicles. We’ve seen products like this for Apple’s CarPlay, but nothing for Android Auto. At $ 55 (plus shipping costs), it is a fairly reasonable cost.

Of course, this does not come without some warning. For one, this dongle may not work on every single car simply because each one is slightly different. The potential potential blockage, however, comes from the inherent risk of the Indiegogo campaign, where “AAAVless” currently funds. The target set for this campaign is set at 220,000 dollars in the next 4 days.

Update 9/7: Since the story was published, the $ 220,000 goal has been met and surpassed by a small margin. By far the biggest question around the product is, however, which vehicles it actually works with. So, to help answer that question, the developers of AAAverless have put together a list of vehicles that have been tested till now.

Confirm working:

  • VW MIB2 units
  • Ford sync 3
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Kia e Nero
  • Hyundai pulisade
  • Fiat driving Grand Jeep Cherokee at uconnect 8.4
  • Ram 1500 (10.25)
  • Toyota Corolla TS 2020 and some other toyotas
  • Honda CR-V
  • Kenwood
  • Sony xav100
  • Audi MMI
  • Other Unbranded Aftermarket Units

The cars were tested with minor problems:

  • Opel / Vauxhall Intellink System
  • Nissan leaf

Tested cars:

  • Many mercedes cars
  • Renault / Dacia
  • Volvo
  • Admin
  • Peugeot

The project is currently in line with Volvo, Fiat and others as more vehicles and aftermarket flagship units will be tested. The goal is still to make this product work with any car / head unit that supports standard Android Auto.

The developers noted that an OTA system was being developed for the product that would enable users to send bug reports and updates that would be delivered to smooth the product to issues with certain vehicles.

In particular, also, the ship date for new The backers have been pushed to February. If you have already supported the project coming back in December, you should still expect a unit by that date. At this point, however, the units are probably due in February and beyond.

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