Motorola announces MA1, a wireless Android Auto dongle

While there are now many Android smartphones supporting the wireless Android Auto experience, the same cannot be said of passenger cars. In fact, most cars still rely on wired connections, which can be inconvenient in many ways.

At CES 2022 in Las Vegas, Motorola announced a new dongle, MA1, able to add support for Android Auto wireless through the car’s USB port.

Motorola’s new MA1 dongle will bring wireless Android Auto to your car

The adapter, developed in collaboration with SGW Global, allows the driver to connect to your vehicle’s infotainment system without the need to use a cable. Dave Carroll, Motorola’s executive director of strategic partnerships, said: “The Motorola MA1 eliminates the need to connect your phone to your car’s infotainment system every time you get in the car, allowing easy access to your favorite navigation apps.”

The dongle can be used with any passenger car that supports wired Android Auto, its operation is elementary, just connect the MA1 adapter to the car via USB and pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth. MA1 therefore allows the sending of multimedia files between phone and car using a 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection.

Motorola’s new dongle is not the first of its kind, in fact we remember other similar systems such as Carsifi And AAWireless, but allows with a reduced expense to be able to make up for a lack of many vehicles that affects the owner’s experience of use.

MA1 will be available starting January 28th at a price of $ 89.95 (about € 79.50 at current exchange rates) via the website Motorola Sound. We remind you that in order to use Android Auto wirelessly your smartphone must have a Android version equal to or higher than 11, we also specify that the dongle does not go to install Android Auto on the car, this must therefore already be present by default on your vehicle.

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