The modern car makers are trying to utilize the technology to the fullest. Last week LG partnered with Mercedes-Benz to bring stereo camera system in Mercs. Now Volkswagen has announced the next generation modular infotainment platform known as MIB II at CES. They have also said that they will launch support for Android Auto later this year. The MIB II will have support for Android Auto and Apple’s Car Play.
Volkswagen launched the MIB II back in 2014. Though it wasn’t available in US, and will be launching there this year. Volkswagen MIB II is also said to support MirrorLink which will work with its My Guide, Think Blue. Trainer, Shared Audio, and Sound Journey apps. My Guide flags up nearby points-of-interest, such as restaurants, while Think Blue is an eco-driving instructor, throwing out tips for minimizing gas use.
Volkswagen said Android Auto will support devices from the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG, and Sony, while CarPlay will support Apple’s iPhone. The services will allow smartphone owners to access their device content, apps, and services through the infotainment console of their Volkswagen.
Volkswagen’s support for Android Auto was announced back at Google I/O 2014. The very first cars equipped with these kind of infotainment system will be launching later this year in US and European markets. Volkswagen Golf will be the first model to sport such a modular infotainment system.