When Will Android Auto Be Available for Volkswagen Models
If you have been following the automotive news recently, you may have heard a lot about Google’s infotainment interface, Android Auto, which connects your phone to your vehicle to display information in a format that is friendly for drivers. The big question for those of us who drive Volkswagen is, will it be available for VW drivers? And if it is, when will Android Auto be available for Volkswagen models?
As of the time of this posting, the Android Auto website has Volkswagen listed as one of the auto manufacturers that is expected to be carrying the system in future models. Moreover, when Volkswagen announced the release of the Car-Net app for the Apple Watch, it was also mentioned that Android Auto would be releasing alongside the introduction of MirrorLink, which will allow for the integration of apps and layouts from a variety of smartphones.
This year, MirrorLink had announced that the interface would be arriving in the VW Touran and Passat, but it seemed to be only for overseas models at this point. Right now, we are still waiting to see the system available here in the U.S. for Volkswagen drivers. Could it come with the next model year’s vehicles? We are hopeful that it will.
Should MirrorLink become fully available, it sounds like Android Auto will follow. The Android Auto system would allow text messages to be displayed on the vehicle’s screen, as well as allow for the sending and reception of text messages by voice, Google maps navigation, Google Play Music and more. Together, the two systems (in addition to Apple’s CarPlay) will fall under the App-Connect label.
So, when will Android Auto be available for Volkswagen models? The specific date and time are uncertain, but it seems safe for us to get our hopes up that we will be seeing it in the not so distant future. Be sure to return to the Volkswagen Santa Monica blog for future updates.
Update: Volkswagen has announced Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink will be available through the new MIB II infotainment system, which can be found in most 2016 VW models.