Most of the models in Volkswagen’s 2016 lineup will receive the automaker’s all-new Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II) infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink smartphone integration. The new system is also said to form the basis for Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicle services platform.
Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicles services is divided into three categories including “Security & Service,” “Guide & Inform,” and “App-Connect.” Rather than developing the new system completely in-house, Volkswagen worked with various technology companies to develop the MIB II. Volkswagen claims that the new platform offers “new levels of performance, flexibility and adaptability, enabling the brand to quickly integrate new updates.”
“The only vehicles in the lineup that won’t be receiving the new infotainment system is the Eos and Touareg,” a Volkswagen rep told us in an email.
Compared to the existing MIB I, the new MIB II features higher resolution, faster processing speeds, and improved graphics. A touchscreen is standard on all models, while a capacitive touch sensor comes with most versions, allowing for swiping and pinch-zooming and faster response times. A proximity sensor readies the system as a hand approaches the screen.
The base system features a 5.0-inch Composition Color touchscreen display with an AUX-in, SD card slots, and a USB multimedia interface with Apple iPhone and iPod, Bluetooth, and rearview camera. The available Composition Media unit adds a higher-res capacitive color touchscreen. Golf models feature a 6.5-inch screen, while other models get a 6.3-inch screen. The Composition Media system also includes App-Connect smartphone integration, Bluetooth with SMS text messaging, the ability to sync two phones simultaneously, two SD card slots and a JPEG viewer, SiriusXM and HD radio, and FLAC support and electric vehicle functions.
Next up is the Discover Media unit, which adds 2.5D Navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, additional functions for electric vehicles, destination prediction based on frequently used routes, and Destination Entry with Quick Search and Auto-complete, and Car-Net Guide & Inform.
The 2016 Volkswagen e-Golf SEL Premium will get the Discover Pro unit. That system adds an 8.0-inch color capacitive touchscreen, one-shot Point-Of-Interest (POI) entry, 3D SSD navigation, Jukebox music storage with 10GB storage, wireless connectivity, additional electric vehicle functions such as range check and range view in the map, DVD drive, and a simplified route editing features for the navigation.
Customers opting for the available Car Net system can access the Security & Service suite via the online Customer Web Portal. Security features include Automatic Crash Notification, Manual Emergency Call, Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance. Other features include remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash, parking locater, remote status check of doors and windows, diagnostics and vehicle maintenance, and more.
Guide & Inform features include real-time fuel prices, sports scores, movie information and weather data, and real-time traffic information during various trial periods. App-Connect uses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink integration to access the smartphone’s directions, text messages, calling, audio, and more through the vehicle touchscreen and steering wheel controls. CarPlay also supports certain third-party apps for iPhone 5 or later and iOS 7.1 or later.
Volkswagen Car-Net comes with a six-month trial period with additional subscription available for $17.99 USD per month. Extended package pricing is also available.