A big part of the latest iPhone iOS update is the inclusion of wireless CarPlay, but at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Apple blocked Volkswagen from showing off this feature. According to Car and Driver, Volkmar Tannerberger, Volkswagen's head of electronic development, confirmed that the automaker "wanted to demonstrate wireless CarPlay and the owner of CarPlay technology didn't allow us to." Apple: 1, VW: 0.

Currently, CarPlay can only be used by plugging an iPhone into the car via the USB port, but as part of the Apple iOS 9 update, the mirroring can be done wirelessly. No automaker currently offers a system that allows for wireless CarPlay functionality, and Volkswagen planned to show this off at CES.

So, why the block? No one really knows. Car and Driver smartly suggests that Apple is keen to control the first demonstration of wireless CarPlay, perhaps with a pre-planned partner automaker. Still, look for this technology to arrive in Volkswagens (and other cars) near you in the not-too-distant future. As soon as Apple allows it, anyway.

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