The wait is almost over! For those of you itching to get your paws on a CarPlay or Android Auto enabled car, Volkswagen has officially announced that its 2016 models, especially SE Trim and above will arrive, with the new technologies, in showrooms this week.
According to a statement by Michael Horn, president and CEO at Volkswagen of America, “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.”
Volkswagen has divided its VW Car-Net connected vehicle services into three broad sections – “Security & Service”, “Guide & Inform” and “App-Connect” – the last one comprising Apple CarPlay or Google Android Auto in-car systems.
CarPlay offers a plethora of driver-friendly apps for navigations, messaging, listening to music and audio and even Siri all from the car’s touchscreen panel or steering wheel buttons. CarPlay is compatible with iOS7.1 or later (iPhone 5 and above) and supports third-party apps like Spotify, Audible, and MLB.com, etc.
Android Auto offers the option to make and receive calls, send and receive voice messages, use Google Maps navigation (real-time traffic and predictive information) and more context-based information via “cards” on the overview screen; the software can also be controlled with voice recognition. Android Auto requires devices with Android Lollipop 5.0 and above for compatibility and supports third-party apps like Spotify, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, WhatsApp and Skype.
While the entry-level models will come with the 5.0-inch resistive (400 x 240) touchscreen (colour) display, AUX-in, SD card slots, USB multimedia, reverse camera display and Bluetooth technology, the mid-range models will comprise 6.5-inch or 6.3-inch (800×480) capacitive touchscreen display with proximity sensor. The top-end models will have 2.5D Navigation and 8-inch capacitive touchscreen display with wireless connectivity options.
Apart from Volkswagen, Honda, Ford, and General Motors have also announced CarPlay support for 2016 models.