Volkswagen is committed to MirrorLink, Android Auto and CarPlay through its modular infotainment platform in 2016 model cars. Volkswagen’s MIB (modular infotainment platform) II infotainment system has a progressive interface management system that includes three top connected car platforms. When you plug-in in the iPhone or Android smartphone, the correct interface will launch.
The infotainment system along with being compatible with MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will also be able to integrate tablets and smartwatches.
MIB II debuts the Regular Routes function. It automatically detects usual commuting routes and gives alternative routes if there accidents or problems on the usual route.
Along with the new infotainment system, MirrorLink will also be made available for the first time, integrating the apps and operating layout of numerous smartphones including Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony into cars. Recently, the Car Connectivity Consortium announced that the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and HTC One (M9) are enabled to work with MirrorLink in vehicles.
CarPlay is a simplified Apple iPhone iOS interface with larger icons that works with touchscreens or Siri commands that was first introduced last year at Mobile World Congress in 2014.
Android Auto is a Google developed car interface with touchscreen controls that allows for voice control, Google maps and audio streaming from the Android smartphone.
At CES, Volkswagen demonstrated the Connected Golf. The e-Golf equipped with MIB II worked with multiple apps and connected to smartphones and tablets. Features and applications are organized into several clusters.
Volkswagen reports that App-Connect interfaces with MirrorLink, Android Auto and CarPlay, allow the driver and passengers to use the many different smartphone apps over the infotainment system.
Volkswagen also demonstrated control of an e-Golf through a smartwatch app at CES. The demo featured a Digital Key that a smartphone or smartwatch to open the doors or start or stop the engine.
Volkswagen is one of the first automakers to support MirrorLink in some models. MirrorLink is also due out on the 2016 Chevy Volt.
VW will introduce the second generation “modular infotainment platform” (MIB II) in the United States with 2016 models.