Bentley brings connectivity to rear-seat occupants

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Bentley has introduced a new rear-seat entertainment system for the Flying Spur and the Bentayga, which it says combines a high degree of connectivity with the existing Naim Audio system. Key to the update is the ability to cast media from personal devices to the rear-seat screens.

The system utilizes two high-definition 10.1in screens attached to the backs of the front seats. The tablets are removable and have a resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels. Sound can be streamed via Bluetooth either to headphones supplied with the car or to customers’ personal headphones. Alternatively, sound can be streamed directly to the Naim audio system. Over-the-air (OTA) software updates will, says Bentley, ensure customers are futureproofed against changing connectivity standards.

Ivo Muth, director of electrical/electronics at Bentley Motors, commented, “Bentley’s new ‘bring your own device’ concept works seamlessly with a passenger’s own device, offering the benefits of a high-resolution, 10.1in screen and incredible sound quality. Bentley Rear Entertainment is another example of Bentley helping customers to create their own extraordinary journeys.”

Rear-seat passengers can stream content from their mobile devices using a variety of methods, including iOS and Android media apps, to either of the screens. If both the device and the entertainment system are configured to the same wi-fi network, passengers can interact with their chosen apps via the seat-back touchscreens. Mirroring from the customer’s device is also now possible, providing an exact copy of a mobile device screen, including pop-ups, notifications and screen rotation onto the 10.1in screen.

Both removable touchscreens are also equipped with an HDMI port, which allows the use of media devices such as an Amazon Firestick or a games console. The latest USB Type C port offers a convenient charging point for customer mobile devices, as well as backup for software updates. A headphone jack is also provided, as an alternative to Bluetooth connectivity.

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