Get an early look at VW’s new Android Auto, Apple CarPlay ready dashboard

31 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink: Most 2016 Volkswagen cars will have all three.

Volkswagen is joining the wave of 2016 models that will support some combination of Android Auto, Apple Carplay, or MirrorLink in new infotainment systems.The German automaker on Thursday announced that nearly all of its 2016 model year vehicles will support CarPlay and Android Auto for in-vehicle smartphone integration, the first of which will hit dealer showrooms this week.“With the new MIB II infotainment platform, Volkswagen’s next generation of Car-Net connected services brings to market one of the most comprehensive suites of connectivity features ever available in an automobile”, said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen of America, Inc.

The company announced Wednesday that its MIB II second-generation modular infotainment platform will support all three smartphone-car interfaces, in nearly all 2016 models and trim packages. (The 2016 Touareg and Eos models are the only ones left out.) Floor models of 2016 vehicles with the systems installed should arrive shortly in dealership showrooms. Claiming to provide the foundation for new generation of VW’s Car-Net connected vehicles, the new technology is stated to help consumers with access to information. 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. The lower end system has a 5-inch, 400×240-pixel resistive touch display, while the higher-end option includes an 800×480-pixel capacitive touch screen, which can range in size from 6.3 to 8 inches.

Besides, there is a capacitive touch sensor, as evident in smartphone and tablet technology, with enabling gesture controls like swiping and pinch-zooming. Android Auto does generally the same thing, although it organizes contextual information into “cards” that appear on the overview screen when needed.

Android Auto offers similar functionality, letting Android smartphone users make and receive calls, listen to incoming messages and respond, get directions with Google Maps, stream music from their phone — all through existing vehicle controls, the touch screen, and voice actions. New VW customers will also have the option to connect their smartphones to their auto with Mirrorlink, a similar feature enabling users to access apps on the smartphone while viewing them on the dashboard display and hearing the audio through the speakers. The next step up, known as the Composition Media unit, has a 6.3-inch screen and can sync two phones simultaneously, along with a host of extra features that includes a second SD card slot, SiriusXM Radio and HD Radio, among others. Higher trim levels feature the “Discover Media” unit, which adds 2.5D navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, additional electric vehicle functions, and more. “Discover Pro” is the top-of-the-line unit that is exclusively available on e-Golf SEL Premium Model.

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