Focus will be on in car networking and long-distance electromobility. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Dec. 15, 2015 In 2016 Volkswagen intends to take part at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas between January 6th and January 9th. Dr Herbert Diess, Chairman of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, will be providing the keynote on the evening before the show opens. The main focus of his speech is on the latest developments in electromobility as well as the next generation of connectivity. The brand plans to show some of its latest developments in in-car infotainment that are on the verge of being launched marking the beginning of a new era of affordable long-distance electromobility. In addition, innovative connectivity will demonstrate the benefits of owning a future Volkswagen. Some fo these include new display and operating concepts. The CES has long been considered a reliable barometer of the key trends in digitalization and consumer electronics. The latest products and services are presented to over 150,000 trade visitors every January. 2016 VW Passat Infotainment The 2016 Passat features MIB II, the all-new next generation of Volkswagen infotainment. With touchscreens as standard equipment on all models, MIB II is available with either a 5- or 6.3-inch display across three trim head units (Composition Color, Composition Media, and Discover Media), all offering an impressive range of features. On most models, the display utilizes a capacitive touch sensor (similar to smartphone and tablet technology) that enables gesture controls like swiping and pinch-zooming, as opposed to resistive touchscreens that require pressure and have slightly longer response times. MIB II also features a proximity sensor, which detects when a hand is nearby and automatically switches its display to allow easier selection of specific features. USB and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices are standard on all 2016 Passat models. Drivers who have two phones can connect them at the same time and are able to make and receive calls on each. The MIB II system also serves as the foundation for Volkswagen’s available Car-Net, one of the most comprehensive suites of connected vehicle services and features available in the automotive industry. Car-Net features include App-Connect technology which allows integration with three major smartphone platforms—Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink—allowing seamless integration for compatible smartphones. With Car-Net Security & Service features, you can use your laptop or smartphone to locate your parked car, access a vehicle health report, make service appointments, load destination information before leaving the house (or get information while on the go), and much more. Security & Service also has Family Guardian capabilities: owners can set boundary or speed alerts for their VW models, and receive a text or email message if their set speed limit or approved area is exceeded. Automatic crash notification, manual emergency calling, and Roadside Assistance features are also included. For 2016 models, remote door locks are now accessible through the Car-Net Security & Service mobile app. Car-Net Guide & Inform features include a 3-month trial of SiriusXM Satellite Radio (available on SE models and above), with a 4-year trial of real-time traffic updates with Sirius XM Traffic. A 3-month trial of SiriusXM Travel Link, which provides weather, sports, news, ski resort and movie information, and gas prices, is available as well. The built-in navigation system (standard on SE w/ Tech models and above) can learn your most frequent destinations so you can quickly choose a location rather than enter the same details over and over. A new destination interface predicts and auto-completes search requests as you enter a location. Except for the small screen size, VWs latest systems are among the most advanced on the market today.