Volkswagen is stepping up its entry level tech game. For the 2016 model year, the automaker is updating its Car-Net connectivity technology by offering new smartphone integration systems along with a host of other technology updates.
This is an exciting move for VW. The automaker is under the same umbrella as Audi, a brand known for its tech savvy edge, however, until now Volkswagen hasn’t integrated any of the luxury brands technology into its entry level VW lineup.
Here are some of the technology updates to VW’s Car-Net.
VW will be joining the club of automakers jumping on board with the new smartphone integration systems by offering both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The automaker will also offer a third smartphone connectivity system called MirrorLink.
Android Auto allows for smartphones with the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system on their smartphones. It creates a simple integration of the phone into the cars infotainment system that allows drivers to access their phones apps and other features through the cars controls. This allows for focus to be maintained on the road and not on the glowing screen.
CarPlay does basically the same thing as Android Auto, except for the Apple iPhone 5 or later and the iOS 7.1 or later operating system.
MirrorLink is another interface that is similar to Android Auto and CarPlay in that it allows for the integration of certain apps and phone services, but it works with a wider variety of smartphones including certain phones from Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony.
Security & Convenience Technology
VW is updating its security offerings to include technologies like Automatic Crash Notification. This system automatically connects drivers to first responders in the case of a collision. Some of the other safety technologies that will be offered include Manual Emergency Call, Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance.
New convenience technologies will also be available such as remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash, last parked location information, and a remote status check of the doors and windows.
A diagnostics and maintenance information service will also be offered through Car-net. It will provide drivers with a Vehicle Health Report that increases safety by keeping drivers up to date on the maintenance needs of their car.
This is just a sample of the many technology updates that VW is bringing in 2016 for its lineup.
The automaker notes that this technology will be offered to some extent across the entire lineup from the entry level Jetta to the premium SUV Touareg. So get ready for some high tech German motoring.