The 2016 model year Volkswagen models will be the first in the U.S to offer the MIB II Volkswagen infotainment system. This is an exciting development because there are so many ways in which this system is going to revolutionize the way people experience driving in a Volkswagen. Almost all Volkswagen vehicles, including the Jetta, Passat, and Beetle, will receive MIB II on 2016 models. So, what exactly is the Volkswagen MIB II infotainment system?
MIB II Infotainment
The second iteration of the Volkswagen infotainment system boasts faster processing speeds and improved graphics over the first edition. A touch screen is standard in all models that come with MIB II technology. Volkswagen is also upping the quality of its touch screen technology for the MIB II system. Most models will include touch screens with pinch-zooming and swiping capabilities—a major bonus considering the typical quality of car touch screens, which often have a delay and clumsy controls. MIB II additionally supports USB, AUX-in, SD cards, Apple iPhones and iPods, and Bluetooth. It also includes a reverse camera.
The new Volkswagen Car-Net system, an optional subsidiary program to MIB II, is crucial to VW’s continued push to create a more cohesive driving experience by offering incentives in three categories: Security & Service, Guide & Inform, and App-Connect.
Volkswagen is on the forefront of smartphone integration technology. The App-Connect system offers three integration platforms: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink. Smartphone integration is truly the way of the future. By linking a smartphone with the in-car touch screen, drivers can safely access information on their phones without taking their eyes off the road. With this feature, drivers can do a variety of tasks, such as send or receive messages, get directions, or listen to music either through steering wheel controls or voice activation. Watch the video below for a taste of how Car-Net and App-Connect will function in daily life.
Security & Service
With the Car-Net Security & Service features, drivers will never have to feel uncertain about the status of their vehicles. A smartphone app allows drivers to access essentially all safety features wherever there’s wireless Internet access. Some available security options such as Automatic Crash Notification, Manual Emergency Call, Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Locator Assistance make 2016 Volkswagens equipped with Car-Net some of the safest vehicles on the road.
Guide & Inform
The Guide & Inform section of Car-Net grants VW drivers an improved navigation system. This new navigation system will offer drivers information such as real-time fuel prices, sports scores, weather data, and real-time traffic information as part of optional SiriusXM packages, which come with free trial periods with the purchase of a vehicle.
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