With an uninspiring name, it would be difficult to guess what Motorola have made with their MA1.
Wireless Android Auto Adaptor
The MA1 is a Wireless Android-Auto Car Adaptor. It is designed to make it easy and wirelessly connect a compatible in-car headunit without wires to your android phone. The MA1 acts as a wireless Android Auto dongle, with a USB plug at one end and a black box at the other.
You don’t need
You don’t need an android headunit to benefit from the MA1. You may not even be interested in android-auto if you have a decent android headunit in your car.
You do need
You do need an Android Auto compatible existing headunit in your vehicle with at least one free USB port. The Motorola MA1 plugs into the spare USB port and connects wirelessly to the android phone in android auto mode. This brings your phones apps to the headunit of the car. Its an in-car upgrade. Android apps including google maps, waze, spotify and many more are now available via your compatible in-car display just by installing them on your phone.
Latency is reduced over the older 2.4Ghz wireless android auto systems by employing the newer and faster 5Ghz frequencies to cast the phone to the screen. While the USB cable always did work quickly when they would, it wasn’t keeping up with modern expectations. Wireless has been around for ages but the android-auto was stuck with wired or slow. The MA1 changes all that and brings android auto bang up to date.
Bluetooth is used in the initial connection of the MA1 to your phone. This BT link makes the wifi connection easy as no additional steps with hot-spots or pairing are required to operate the AA MA1.
If you are using wired android auto now, then this is a wireless AA upgrade for you.
If your only USB port gave you wired android auto and charged your phone, then you may have to find another way to charge the phone.
Where to get one?
The Motorola MA1 is available on Amazon with many favourable reviews!