Volkswagen has equipped most of its 2021-MY lineup with the new MIB3 infotainment system, and select models include driver-assistance features, Travel Assist and Emergency Assist.
The new MIB3 infotainment system includes wireless App-Connect, with multi-phone pairing that can easily switch between devices, and enhanced voice recognition, the automaker said. Additionally, the MIB3 infotainment system features a redesigned navigation system (on equipped models), with simplified and enhanced map designs, intuitive route options, quick access to frequently visited locations, and advanced route management.
MIB3 also delivers SiriusXM’s newest and most advanced audio entertainment platform—SiriusXM with 360L.
New for select 2021 models, Travel Assist enables partially-automated hands-on driving from 0 to 95 mph. Travel Assist can be activated by a button on the steering wheel, and uses the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist features to help to steer as well as accelerate and brake the vehicle in response to traffic and lane markings. This allows the driver to observe driving tasks while using minimal force on the wheel. It is the driver’s responsibility to continuously monitor the system, remain alert, and maintain control of the vehicle at all times. To ensure this, Travel Assist monitors the capacitive steering wheel to make sure the driver has their hands on it.
Also new for select 2021 models, Emergency Assist can bring the vehicle to a stop if the driver is incapacitated. Emergency Assist constantly monitors the driver’s attentiveness by checking the input of their hands on the steering wheel. If the system does not detect driver input, a series of warnings will occur. If still no input is detected, Emergency Assist will slow the vehicle to a gradual stop in its own lane. Emergency Assist constantly monitors driver input and hand placement regardless of the status of other driver-assistance systems.