First Volkswagen Cars With CarPlay Support Arriving at Dealerships

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Volkswagen today announced that its first 2016 cars with CarPlay support are arriving at dealerships this week, equipped with the company's next-generation CarPlay-enabled MIB-II infotainment system.

In addition to supporting CarPlay, the MIB-II system also includes support for Android Auto and it comes equipped with Volkswagen's own Car-Net apps, enabling features like remote lock control, remote honk and flash, parking info, stolen vehicle location, automatic crash notifications, diagnostics, and vehicle monitoring. While CarPlay and the MIB-II system don't carry a subscription fee, the Car-Net suite of apps will be priced at $199 per year with 6 months free up front.


Volkswagen was not one of the first CarPlay partners announced during CarPlay's debut, but the manufacturer promised CarPlay support in its 2016 models back in January. According to Volkswagen, most of its 2016 models will include the new MIB-II system, aside from entry-level models.

Four different MIB-II systems with CarPlay will be offered, varying based on model and trim package. Entry-level VW models include a 5-inch resistive 400x240 resolution touch screen that does not include CarPlay support, while 6.3 and 6.5-inch capacitive touchscreens that support multi-touch gestures, CarPlay, and App-Net will be available in select trims.

Higher trim levels will include additional features like 2.5D navigation, electric vehicle functions, and more, while the 2016 e-Golf SEL Premium model alone will receive an 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with CarPlay support.

The first 2016 Volkswagen models, the Golf R and the Tiguan, are already arriving in dealer showrooms as of late July, and additional models will be released with the MIB-II system and CarPlay support later in the year.

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Macman1993

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I like the idea behind carplay, but the implementation just sucks. Why can't it just work like airplay and any app can send the UI to the car? This has become yet another category where either Apple or Google are in control, with no chance for a smaller developer to get involved. I'm sick of everything useful having to be either an Apple or Google product.
 

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I don't want a touchscreen in my car. Physical buttons and dials are better, because you don't need to look at them whilst driving.

As such, I'm afraid that CarPlay doesn't tickle my fancy. There are quite enough touch screens in the world without another one glaring at me in the car. It's also a good reason for not wanting an Apple Watch with its tiny screen glaring at you.

I hope I have made my disdain for too many touchscreens clear.
 

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I like the idea behind carplay, but the implementation just sucks. Why can't it just work like airplay and any app can send the UI to the car? This has become yet another category where either Apple or Google are in control, with no chance for a smaller developer to get involved. I'm sick of everything useful having to be either an Apple or Google product.
I'm with you, Macman1993... why can't it work just like it works, where any App can send the UI to the car?

Developers are in control of which category their App belongs to.
 
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velocityg4

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$200 per year is really steep for such simple wireless features. It's all really low data usage and most features would only rarely be used if ever. $15 per year sounds more appropriate.

As for Carplay it sounds neat. But will you have to replace your car stereo every three or four years to maintain compatibility? The car theft and crash detection/locating would be nothing more than a megabyte of data if that. As for diagnostics wouldn't that just be displaying the codes already in the cars computer without using a code reader?

The only one that might be of some value is parking information. If you live in a big city and all parking lots and parking meters are tied in.
 

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I like the idea behind carplay, but the implementation just sucks. Why can't it just work like airplay and any app can send the UI to the car? This has become yet another category where either Apple or Google are in control, with no chance for a smaller developer to get involved. I'm sick of everything useful having to be either an Apple or Google product.
Yeah, I'm seriously disappointed that Flappy Bird clones won't run on CarPlay.

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Driver distraction should be kept to a minimum and I'm fairly sure that many countries' respective roads authorities would have strict guidelines on how apps are used by the driver.
 
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I don't want a touchscreen in my car. Physical buttons and dials are better, because you don't need to look at them whilst driving.

As such, I'm afraid that CarPlay doesn't tickle my fancy. There are quite enough touch screens in the world without another one glaring at me in the car. It's also a good reason for not wanting an Apple Watch with its tiny screen glaring at you.

I hope I have made my disdain for too many touchscreens clear.

Well of course that's a ridiculous statement. Have you seen modern cars with infotainment systems in them these days? There are about 60-70 buttons on them, on average, and it's a disaster to try to use the system safely. On the other side, CarPlay is designed to interact with you largely by pressing a single button on the steering wheel, and speaking commands. "Play such-and-such radio station". "Call Mom (Mum?)." "Give me directions to Heathrow." Things like volume, track skips, etc. are also handled with steering wheel controls.
 

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The problem for me is that you can't use google maps with CarPlay. Just Apple maps, which, in my experience, simply don't work well enough to use.

Maps is my single biggest use for my phone in my car, so it's a deal breaker.
 

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Wonder if the head unit can be retrofitted into existing cars. I have a 2011 CC that I put a Pioneer 4000NEX into but hate. Getting something that would operate like the factory unit would be outstanding.
 
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