Volkswagen will introduce its new MIB II infotainment system that integrates smartphone user interfaces on most of its 2016 model-year vehicles, the automaker has announced.
The system, which will be available later this year, will offer Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink connectivity across its lineup in most trim levels.
Volkswagen's system will offering the Car-Net connected vehicle service umbrella that includes Security and Service features such as connected car services and advanced telematics, Guide and Inform features such as navigation and advanced infotainment systems, and App-Connect provides smartphone integration through the three interfaces.
The Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II) offers higher resolution, faster processing speeds, and crisp graphics that further improve on the MIB I system offered in 2015 Volkswagen Golf models.
These units feature touchscreens as standard equipment on all models. On most models, the display utilizes a capacitive touch sensor that enables gesture controls such as swiping and pinch-zooming rather than the resistive touchscreens that require pressure and have slightly longer response times.
Vehicles with MIB II will also feature a proximity sensor, which senses when a hand is nearby and automatically switches its display to allow easier selection of specific features.
Entry-level models will feature a Composition Color touchscreen radio with a 5.0-inch resistive 400-by-240 color display and a host of standard features including AUX-in, SD card slots, and a USB multimedia interface with Apple iPhone and iPod compatibility, reverse camera display, and Bluetooth technology.
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