VW Previews Next-Gen Infotainment Technology At CES With E-Golf Touch

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Besides the BUDD-e Concept, Volkswagen will also bring the e-Golf Touch to the CES 2016.

The model puts the next-gen infotainment system into the spotlight and features the company's gesture control system and the MIB (Modular Infotainment Toolkit) with a 9.2-inch high-res display.

There are four touch-sensitive buttons facing the driver (Menu, Home, Car, App) and a push-rotary switch and, just as expected, the technology provides support for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink. Smartphone notifications will be shown on the display and these can be read aloud at the driver's request.

VW's CES concept car comes with wireless charging, thanks to the inductive charging system integrated into the mobile phone tray, under the infotainment system, while smartphones can also be charged, wirelessly, in the back seats, via the rear armrests. High-speed USB data transfer is available too, as the car is equipped with a new USB Type C port.

Speaking of the rear seat occupants, the driver can communicate with them better thanks to the electronic voice amplification, a system that uses a hands-free microphone in conjunction with the rear speakers.

Another feature found on the e-Golf is the VW Media Control, which is "the rear-seat entertainment system of the future", as the firm states, with an app that grants control of almost all infotainment functions through a tablet device, connectable through the vehicle's WiFi hotspot, allowing passengers to control various functions such as the radio, all media sources and the factory-installed navigation.

The driver can also store individual settings in a user account in the cloud, via Personalization 2.0, using the Volkswagen Car-Net ID. This feature allows the man / woman behind the wheel to load up the saved settings into another car too. The Car-Net has been updated and hosts new programs that include Calendar Import and Intelligent Route Planning.

The new Volkswagen e-Golf Touch is a zero-emissions vehicle and follows the Golf R Touch introduced last year, at the same event.

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