VW concept car showcases the next step in in-car connectivity, offering integration and support for multiple platforms and services
6 January 2015

Volkswagen claims to have created the most networked car yet with a concept version of the electric-powered e-Golf.

Revealed at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Connected Golf concept provides the scope for a wide range of interfaces via Volkswagen’s second-generation modular infotainment system, which is equipped with an upgraded version of Volkswagen’s Car Net.

Among the highlights is a so-called function called App Connect. In a claimed first within the automotive industry, it supports three differing interfaces: Android Auto, CarPlay and MirrorLink.

This allows occupants with differing mobile phone operating systems, including Android and Apple’s OS, to access apps over the Connected Golf’s infotainment system.

A further function called Media Control can also integrate tablets and smart watches in the infotainment system.

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6 January 2015
Driving seems to be taking a backseat here.

Peter Cavellini.

6 January 2015
If no smart phone, no in-car entertainment? If no mobile reception, no in-car entertainment? When bettery dies on smart phone after an hour, then no in-car entertainment?

Great idea!

6 January 2015
Yes, this is what's important. We must be able to access apps while we're driving. Can't live without that. Glad buyers and manufacturers have their priorities straightBANG!!! Crap, what was that??? Oh, the guy driving while using his app -- that his car gave him access to(!) -- just blew the red light and crashed into BANG!!!crap there's anothBANG!!!what the helBANG!!! Welcome to the futCRASHure of motoBANGring :(

7 January 2015
It is about time to be honest. I don't agree with it being a distraction if done correctly. Most cars have bluetooth and phone connectivity nowadays, this just allows it to be easier to access. Social media apps, or email/message apps should only be available when stationary (with handbrake on).

I use google maps (on an iPhone) and it works brilliantly. However, I would rather it was integrated into my car on a bigger screen if I could. Plus, then being able to use apps like deezer or spotify on the go for music would be a great bonus

I'm glad they've gone down the route of having both carplay and android auto systems, makes far more sense than just going with one solution.

@Topsecret everyone who drives regularly with a smart phone has a charger cable for it, so why would running out of battery be an issue? Plus, I'm sure you will still be able to access radio and other forms of music, like aux input for example. Still see CD changers on a lot of options lists as well

7 January 2015
So be honest. I agree, unsurprisingly, that any and all of these should only be available when stationary. Which continues to make me wonder what the point/need is in the first place -- how much time do we spend sitting in a stationary car??? Continuing to be honest: If you're dialing a phone while driving (not stationary), then you're distracted. If you're talking on the phone while driving, you're distracted. If you're searching through menus for music while driving, you're distracted. Badly. Bluetooth and whatever other hands-free tech doesn't come close to solving the problem -- you're focused on something other than driving when using these technologies. If you think they're worth the distraction -- and the resulting major risk, then say so. But admit that they are distractions -- and that makes them dangerous. This is tech and marketing over common sense at its most basic level. Stupid, sad, and deadly. That's honest.

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