First Volkswagen models with CarPlay support to arrive at dealerships this week

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in iPhone edited July 2015
After promising support for Apple's CarPlay infotainment system earlier this year, Volkswagen on Wednesday announced the first compatible 2016 model year cars will hit showroom floors this week.




An integral part of Volkswagen's Car-Net connected vehicles platform, the second-generation Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II) offers seamless app platform integration with CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink, the company said. The carmaker is rolling out MIB II across its 2016 lineup, save for Eos and Touareg.

CarPlay is part of the "App-Connect" branch of Car-Net's connected vehicle umbrella, which also includes "Security & Service" telematics and car safety, and "Guide & Inform" navigational aids. In addition to CarPlay-enabled apps, VW offers its own software like Media Control, a technology coming to e-Golf premium models that lets passengers control certain aspects of the MIB II infotainment system.

Volkswagen first announced plans to support CarPlay at CES in January, saying at the time it expects compatible vehicles to roll out in the U.S. and Europe in late 2015.

Compared to other marques, VW is aggressively pushing its in-car technology forward, especially integrations with third-party operators like Apple. In May, the company released an updated Car-Net iOS app that introduced remote control and monitoring functions for Apple Watch.

CarPlay is quickly gaining traction within the automotive community as carmakers vying for consumer attention increasingly turn to technology as a brand differentiator. For example, Honda recently announced its first CarPlay-enabled model will be the 2016 Accord, while General Motors and Ford have also confirmed support for their 2016 fleets.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    razorpitrazorpit Posts: 910member
    As a VW owner I am floored they are this progressive regarding CarPlay. I didn't expect to see this until 2018 or later...
  • Reply 2 of 8
    shenshen Posts: 434member

    Now double the electric Golfs range before I am the market for my next car and I will consider one...

  • Reply 3 of 8
    maclvr03maclvr03 Posts: 188member

    Perfect for when I get a Golf Sportwagon in a few years :)

  • Reply 4 of 8
    USB only, specifically mentioned in the manual, so not sure if it will support wireless CarPlay once iOS9 arrives. Got it on my car (e-Golf, Euro version). Was lookimg forward to it, but must admit, havn't used it much. Music starts playing automatically once I get in the car, so connecting the phone to the car is then too much of a hassle...
  • Reply 5 of 8

    good to hear, looking to get a new Tiguan in early 2016 so would be nice to have this baked into the standard setup. Although honestly the current vw bluetooth connection works fine for me for now for music and calls, assuming carplay will bring more app integration i.e. maps but it really needs to be wireless, I can't be *rsed plugging in and out every time.

  • Reply 6 of 8
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,581member
    Just in time. I'll be getting a new car soon and Passat, CC and several Audi models are at the top of the list.
  • Reply 7 of 8
    maclvr03maclvr03 Posts: 188member
    adm1 wrote: »
    good to hear, looking to get a new Tiguan in early 2016 so would be nice to have this baked into the standard setup. Although honestly the current vw bluetooth connection works fine for me for now for music and calls, assuming carplay will bring more app integration i.e. maps but it really needs to be wireless, I can't be *rsed plugging in and out every time.

    Just FYI think there's a whole new Tiguan coming in 2017.
  • Reply 8 of 8
    nchianchia Posts: 121member
    In general, I'm just hoping for a solid aftermarket option with CarPlay over Bluetooth, and HiDPI display...
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