JVC Kenwood will showcase wireless Android Auto at CES 2018

Android Auto cuts the cord next year via a pair of Wi-Fi-enabled multimedia receivers that will debut at CES.

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Wireless Android Auto boosts convenience, but Wi-Fi connectivity may add more overhead to an already power-hungry technology.

JVC Kenwood

JVC Kenwood is bringing a pair of multimedia car audio receivers to CES that feature wireless Android Auto connectivity.

We've already seen wireless Apple CarPlay reach dashboards via Alpine's ILX-107 aftermarket receiver and BMW's latest generation of iDrive infotainment. Google showed off its Wi-Fi-powered Android Auto technology earlier this year at its I/O conference, but JVC Kenwood's announcement marks the first time we'll see it hit the road.

One of the new units will wear the JVC brand and the other the Kenwood moniker. Both will pack 1,280x720-pixel HD displays and will also featuring Apple CarPlay connectivity, though it's unclear whether we're talking about a wired or wireless connection there. 

We'll know more when we arrive in Las Vegas for CES 2018 in January.