Volkswagen of America announced yesterday the introduction of its all-new MIB II infotainment system with car-Net connected services, available later this year on most model year 2016 Volkswagen products.
The VW Car-Net connected vehicle services are divided into three key areas, "Security & Service" includes connected car services and telematics, "Guide & Inform" for navigation and infotainment, and "App-Connect" providing smartphone integration through three interfaces: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.
For 2016, four head units will be available, depending on the trim level of the vehicle.
Entry-level VW models will feature a Composition Color touchscreen radio with a 5.0-inch resistive 400 x 240 color display and AUX-in, SD card slots, and a USB multimedia interface with Apple iPhone and iPod compatibility, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth technology.
The Composition Media unit incorporates the features from the Composition Color unit, and adds an 800×480 capacitive color touch display with proximity sensor, with either a 6.5-inch screen for the Golf family or a 6.3-inch screen for all other Volkswagen models. The head unit features CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink, as well as SiriusXM Radio and HD Radio.
Higher trim levels feature the Discover Media unit, which offers the features available in the previous two units and adds 2.5D Navigation, one-shot voice destination entry, additional electric vehicle functions, predicts possible destinations based on often used routes, and Destination Entry with Quick Search and Auto-complete, and Car-Net Guide & Inform.
For 2016, the e-Golf SEL Premium model will receive the Discover Pro unit which adds an 8.0-inch color capacitive touch display, one-shot Point-Of-Interest (POI) entry, 3D SSD navigation, wireless connectivity, and a simplified route editing features for the navigation which allows the user to drag and drop waypoints directly on the display.
Customers purchasing new Volkswagen models equipped with VW Car-Net will receive a no-charge trial for six months after purchase. To extend the benefits of this connectivity system, customers can choose from a number of VW Car-Net payment options: 1 year, for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540; or, month-to-month, for $17.99.
Car-Net offers a number of features:
– Automatic Crash Notification
– Roadside Assistance
– Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance
– Remote door lock and unlock
– Remote honk and flash
– Last parked location information
– Family Guardian (speed alert and geofencing)
– Remote Fuel & gaz level consultation
– Diagnostics and maintenance information and dealer visit scheduling
e-Golf drivers can access the vehicle’s climate control system remotely in order to pre-heat or pre-cool the vehicle before they return. In addition, electric vehicle drivers will be able to set up remote charging times right through the mobile app or Customer Web Portal. Driving data is also available, allowing customers to see information including range, state-of-charge, vehicle status, and maintenance information.