Beat-Sonic OEM Connected

2016 CES: Beat-Sonic develops new product that can retrofit CarPlay to Lexus’ OEM AV System

Beat-Sonic will have an exhibition at the 2016 International CES, which will be held from January 6 to 9 in Las Vegas. They will announce the start of the development of OEM Connected (tentative name) that can retrofit Apple CarPlay to Lexus’ original AV System.

AV systems that can connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) have started appearing, and cars mounted with these systems have started to increase as well, enabling the AV systems to become compatible with Apple CarPlay and the Google Android Auto. The original AV systems of new Lexus and Toyota vehicles can now be linked to CarPlay and Android Auto.

Beat-Sonic analyzes the interface of the OEM audio system, enabling it to possibly replace the audio installation kits from about 20 years ago. Based on that technical know-how, Beat-Sonic will develop a single unit and system that can link CarPlay and Android Auto to incompatible models. From now on, it will continue to quickly correspond to the drastically increasing demand of in-vehicle systems compatible with IoT.

At the 2016 CES, Beat-Sonic will exhibit the prototype of the OEM Connected using CarPlay that will utilize Lexus’ OEM interface, controller, and switch. Since it can be installed with a coupler, there is no need for wiring. In the future, through firmware updates, it can be developed to work with Android Auto and other systems.

Beat-Sonic plans to commercialize the OEM Connected in June 2016. The new GS is slated to be the first vehicle it will be compatible with. Subsequently, its compatibility will be expanded to the RX, the IS, and the NX.

(Translated by Kimberlee Estampa)