It's one of the lowest price tags the device has received since launch, and according to its product page, the price will remain available throughout the entire Black Friday sale. When the promo ends, the MA1 will return to its regular price.
Motorola's device converts the wired version of Android Auto into a wireless experience thanks to a clever approach pioneered by AAWireless.
The adapter connects to the USB port in the cabin (the one you use for running Android Auto) and then connects to the smartphone using Bluetooth. When you get in the car, the mobile device connects directly to the adapter, which in turn sends the signal to the vehicle, allowing Android Auto to run wirelessly.
Depending on the device, it could take anywhere between 5 seconds and 30 seconds for the Android Auto wireless experience to load, and I believe this is the only major drawback of using a dongle to give up on cords in the car. Otherwise, an Android Auto wireless adapter makes running the application more convenient, especially considering the number of problems caused by cables.
Motorola's MA1 was announced at Google's I/O developer event and received the search giant's backing, eventually selling out in record time. The device remained in hot demand for several months, with Motorola having a hard time aligning the demand with production.
The device is now in stock at Amazon, so if you purchase it today, you should receive the adapter in the United States in a couple of days.
Meanwhile, the market was filled with many other Android Auto wireless adapters, some from generic Chinese brands whose devices are available for approximately $30 to $40. The difference between these cheaper products and the premium alternatives from AAWireless and Motorola is that the more expensive models should offer improved reliability and stability.
You don't need anything special to run Android Auto wireless, as the only prerequisite is support for 5GHz, though most mobile devices should already offer such capabilities. The experience is as straightforward as possible, so pair the mobile device with the adapter, connect it to the car, and wait for Android Auto to launch automatically on the screen. The next time you get behind the wheel, Android Auto should fire up automatically once the mobile device connects to the wireless adapter. You might still want to keep a cable around for charging while driving.