In early versions of this system, cars were not equipped with wireless communication technologies, so a cable connection was the only way to use it with a smartphone.
The adapter is connected via USB to Android Auto, after which Carsifi connects via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone. The car recognizes the adapter as an Android device and starts transmitting data to it, which Carsifi redirects to the user's Android smartphone via its channel.
The advantage of Carsifi is that it works with all cars and multimedia devices that support wired Android Auto. It also works with all Android smartphones from Android 9, and the Wi-Fi module supports 5GHz and 2.4GHz.
The Carsifi project raised $175.000 on the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform and another $475.000 on Kickstarter.
Indiegogo is an American crowdfunding website founded in 2008 by Danae Ringelmann, Slava Rubin, and Eric Schell. Its headquarters are in San Francisco, California. The site is one of the first sites offering to crowdfund.
Kickstarter is an American public-benefit corporation based in Brooklyn, New York that maintains a global crowdfunding platform focused on creativity. The company's stated mission is to "help bring creative projects to life."
Backers ordered the largest number of devices on Kickstarter from the USA — 70%. Germany is in second place — 4.7%. This is followed by Canada — 3.7%, Australia — 3.4%, Great Britain — 3.2%, Spain — 1.6% and Italy — 1.4%.