First 2016 Volkswagen Models with CarPlay and Android Auto Will Arrive This Week

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Audiobooks.com is the first Company to Partner with Android Auto.

Earlier this year, Volkswagen joined a growing number of automakers that promised to launch new vehicles with baked-in Apple CarPlay infotainment support.It looks like Volkswagen has also jumped aboard the CarPlay bandwagon, which is similar in nature to that which is found in Honda’s 2016 Accord model.

Android Auto allows users to use supported driver-friendly apps and organizes contextual information into “cards” that appear on the overview screen when needed. The German company is now making good on its pledge, as it will be releasing the first 2016 model-year cars that come with CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto later this week. The Golf R is the first model to pick up Volkswagen’s latest infotainment system — which includes Android Auto on board — but the company says the rest of its 2016 lineup will carry support for Google’s connected car system as well.

Snips from Volkswagen’s official announcement stress that CarPlay will introduce several “driver-friendly” apps to the cars’ infotainment systems, allowing owners to get directions and notifications, listen to music, and send and receive messages via the car’s touchscreen, or by Siri. Sporting a 2nd generation Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II), this is set to be an important part of Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicles platform, where it delivers a seamless app platform integration with the likes of CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Volkswagen is now on board as they get ready to release the first vehicles using their MIB II system, which incorporates Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink.

From Volkswagen: The all-new infotainment system not only creates the foundation for the next generation of Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicle services platform, but also offers one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry today. CarPlay also supports a number of third-party apps, such as Audible, MLB.com, and Spotify, and works with all iPhones from the iPhone 5 onward, running on iOS 7.1 or later. Other than CarPlay-enabled apps that are on offer, Volkswagen will also put up its very own software such as Media Control, which so happens to be a kind of technology that will be making its way to e-Golf premium models that allows passengers to control selected areas of the MIB II infotainment system.

Our goal is to revolutionize the in-car experience, and to make the 100+ hours a year Americans spend commuting to work and 38 hours a year stuck in traffic more enjoyable.” Android Auto is an infotainment operating system that puts maps, music, calls, and text into a car-friendly interface. Both General Motors and Ford, too, have confirmed their support for CarPlay in their upcoming 2016 fleet, which is surely a good sign for the future of CarPlay. Android Auto support comes as part of a larger push from Volkswagen with its Car-Net platform, which also includes support for new connected security features, MirrorLink, and Apple’s CarPlay. Users who own smartphones running on Android 5.0 Lollipop or newer can take or make calls, listen to messages or respond to them with voice, and make use of Google Maps’ voice-guided navigation and real-time traffic updates. The app hit the Google Play store in March of 2015 and has a long list of top car companies signed up as partners, including Acura, Maserati, Volkswagen, Audi, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Volvo, and more.

All this underscores how Volkswagen is stressing automotive infotainment technology, especially integration with Apple, Google, and other third-party companies. Audiobooks.com also has relationships with top car manufacturers and its service is available around the world, in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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