Volkswagen announces availability of Android Auto in most 2016 models

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Android Auto’s proliferation is imminent. Major car manufacturers continue to integrate Google’s infotainment platform into their vehicles. Volkswagen is now on board as they get ready to release the first vehicles using their MIB II system, which incorporates Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. These will also come in two versions – one with a 6.5-inch screen, and the other with an 8-inch one.

It was previously known we would start seeing Android Auto hit VW automobiles starting this year, but the car maker just made it official. Today’s announcement informs us that most 2016 Volkswagen models will come with this new technology, especially those from the SE Trim and above.

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The good news? Some of these models are less than a month away! The first models bearing the MIB II systems are said to launch by late July. Some of you will be hopping on your Android Auto-connected Volkswagen cars very soon!

The MIB II is no usual entertainment and navigation system. In fact, Volkswagen divides its functionality into three major areas: “Security & Service”, “Guide & Inform” and “App-Connect”. The last of these would be where Android Auto lives (it’s also where its competitors would be found).

“With the new MIB II infotainment platform, Volkswagen’s next generation of Car-Net connected services brings to market one of the most comprehensive suites of connectivity features ever available in an automobile.” –Michael Horn, president and CEO at Volkswagen of America

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In terms of Google’s vehicle-centric software, Volkswagen will offer exactly the same thing other Google partners bring to the table. It’s one of the beauties of Android Auto – the fact that it is truly equal across devices, providing a uniform experience. You can connect to a bevy of apps in your smartphone, use voice controls, navigate and much more. You can go ahead and read our full review on Android Auto (Hyundai Sonata) for all the details.

How many of you guys are thinking of buying a car with Android Auto? If you are, will it be a Volkswagen? Hit the comments and let us know!

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