First Volkswagen models with CarPlay support to arrive at dealerships this week

30 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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. In fact, the very first batch of Volkswagen models that sport CarPlay support is set to arrive at dealerships later this week, so if you have been holding out on a new Volkswagen purchase, good for you. 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. Drivers can get directions, send and receive messages, and listen to audiobooks or music, all controlled through the vehicle’s touchscreen, steering wheel buttons, or by Siri, Volkswagen said in a statement. 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. Volkswagen hopes to introduce the likes of MIB II across its 2016 range, although there are two exceptions to the rule, so to speak – the Volkswagen Eos and the large Touareg.

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. 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.

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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