More digital, more networked, more intuitive. Volkswagen has largely digitalised the world of operation and information in the new Passat as the first brand model to be fitted with the third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3). At the same time, the Passat also features the latest development stage of the Digital Cockpit; the digital instruments and the Infotainment systems of the MIB3 are merged into a new unit. The MIB3 systems in the Passat are also “always on” – because they are equipped with their own SIM card. This online connectivity unit (OCU) is the interface to Volkswagen We for the vehicle and all passengers on board – a new Internet-based world of mobility with numerous online services as standard.
Third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix
Streaming services and Web radio. The third generation of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3) was enhanced in several areas. Three Infotainment systems will be available at the model launch: Composition Media (6.5 inch, no navigation), Discover Media (8.0 inch, first navigation system level) and Discover Pro (9.2 inch, maximum navigation system level). The most important distinguishing feature compared to the MIB2 is the online connectivity unit (OCU) including integrated SIM card. This means the Passat is permanently online as soon as the driver has registered it in the Volkswagen system. This is shown in the display by a small globe, which changes colour as soon as the system is live. The OCU has several advantages. For instance, it is now generally possible to access the online services in We Connect as well as streaming services for music without a paired smartphone or an additional installed SIM card. Online radio stations will be available via radio.net in addition to FM, AM, and DAB stations.Passengers can also connect their smartphone, tablet, e-book reader, or similar devices to the Internet via a Wi-Fi hotspot. Natural voice control is also available in the Passat thanks to the online connection. Important for business users: if a smartphone is paired, text messages can be dictated and received messages are also read out by the Infotainment system.
Wireless App-Connect. App-Connect – which permits use of various smartphone apps via the Infotainment system – can also be activated wirelessly via Bluetooth for the first time with Apple iPhones. Apple CarPlay™ is therefore practically automatically active. Compatible smartphones are charged inductively via a new storage compartment with interface for mobile telephone in the centre console.
Natural voice control. “Hello Volkswagen” – this short call is sufficient for the Passat to respond to natural spoken commands. With “Yes, please?” the Passat answers that it is ready. All major features for navigation, telephone, and radio can be operated using speech. For example, it is sufficient to say “I’d like to go to Jungfernstieg in Hamburg” to activate the corresponding route guidance. This is possible because the signals entered via speech are processed and recognised via a cloud; voice control naturally also works in a simpler mode when offline. Thanks to the online connection, both the driver and passengers can access up-to-date information, destinations, and intelligent navigation via voice command. Inputs are as intuitive as you would expect from current devices in the consumer sector and from smartphones.
New Home screen. The intuitively controllable menu navigation in the Infotainment system was redeveloped and partially rebuilt. With the Discover Pro system, for example, the driver can control practically all features of the Infotainment system on two clear levels via a reconfigured Home screen. The driver simply configures the desired selection and arrangement of functions - just like the apps on the screen of a smartphone. That's it. This means operating the Passat is simpler than ever before. At this point, Volkswagen has transferred more new technologies from the Touareg to the Passat, as the design of the screen interface was taken from the latest top SUV model.
New navigation menu. The navigation menu has also been reconfigured. The primary goal was to design a menu which is as intuitive as possible. For this reason, there are now four small symbols on the left-hand side that the driver can access, Destination Import, Last Destinations, Trip Overview (interactive map), and Favourites (stored destinations). The Trip Overview is a completely new feature: When the navigation system is activated and the map view is fully opened, a stylised route (vertical bar) can be seen on the left-hand side as a trip overview. The traffic flow and the points of interest (POI) are shown via online traffic data along with any expected delays as a result. If the driver touches on a POI - such as a restaurant - then relevant details are shown. It is possible from the POI display, for example, to directly call to reserve a table.
Considerably easier to use. The new Passat offers the option of the second generation of the Volkswagen Active Info Display: the new Digital Cockpit. The digital instruments have been considerably enhanced compared with the previous system. The display graphics are clear and high-quality. The variety of functions has been lifted to a whole new level. The 11.7 inch Digital Cockpit provides better graphic performance, greater pixel density, improved brightness and contrast as well as more intense colours. The driver can also quickly and easily switch between three basic layouts via a View button on the multifunction steering wheel:
Layout 1 / Dials: RPM (left) and speed (right) are shown interactively in round instruments. Information fields can be freely configured within the dials. An individually customisable display is shown in the middle between the rev counter and speedometer.
Layout 2 / information fields. The driver can click the View button to change to a digital view without dials and with configurable information fields. A freely customisable display is integrated in the middle once again.
Layout 3 / Display with a function. Another click means the map is shown across the whole display. Information such as the speed is shown at the bottom of the screen.
Dynaudio sound system
700 watts remixed. In recording studios and living rooms across the world, Danish hi-fi specialist Dynaudio ensures that music sounds precisely how it was recorded. That’s why, for example, the Touareg, Arteon, and also the previous Passat optionally have Dynaudio sound systems. The sound system was refined even further to best suit the interior of the new Passat. The result: sound of exceptional quality. The Dynaudio Confidence system uses twelve loudspeakers to transmit even the finest nuances into the vehicle interior. The 700-watt total output of the 16-channel amplifier ensures a dynamic effect that faithfully reproduces rock, jazz, and classical music. The sound can be refined further via the Authentic, Soft, Dynamic, and Speech sound sets as well as the integrated equaliser.
Volkswagen We is the new umbrella brand for mobility products
MIB3 and Volkswagen We as one unit. Mobility is rapidly changing. It is becoming more networked, service-oriented, personalised, and increasingly puts the focus on people. The new Passat sets standards in this regard: thanks to the third generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3), it offers new hardware and software as an online interface to the interactive world of information and service offerings. The company’s latest development – Volkswagen We – is a digital platform that offers and supplies bundled mobility products in a simple manner. It is an open system that is continuously being enhanced. As an entire ecosystem, Volkswagen We combines different areas of use: in and on the vehicle, between the vehicle and smartphone, and in the interaction between vehicles and users and the world of information and offers in which they all move. After one-time registration with Volkswagen We, each customer receives a Volkswagen ID. The Passat driver can, for example, access services from the vehicle such as the cashless parking service We Park.
In-Car Shop. Data plans for use of various online services or the Wi-Fi hotspot can be booked and naturally also renewed via the Infotainment system. These are provided by the Volkswagen mobile phone partner Cubic Telekom – an innovative technology start-up from Dublin. The same approach can be used in this In-Car Shop to download apps such as We Park in order to use them as an extended feature of the Infotainment system in the future. App updates will also offered for download later on.
We Connect for new models. An ever-increasing range of online services is covered via We Connect. Passat offers We Connect as standard equipment. We Connect Plus is offered as an optional premium package with even more options.
We Connect Fleet. For companies with their own fleets or the self-employed, Volkswagen has also developed We Connect Fleet – including features such as a Digital Logbook, fuel consumption monitoring, Service Manager or the ability to save location histories, saving both time and money.
Cloud-based personalisation. Together with We Connect, the smartphone becomes a remote control and a mobile information centre. Locking the car from a distance with the smartphone, accessing vehicle information such as the remaining range, or locating your car or the vehicles in a fleet – all can be done via smartphone. No matter whether We Connect, We Connect Plus, or We Connect Fleet: the user sets up access to all services and information within this networked architecture just once via their own Volkswagen ID. This gives the user access to all conceivable online services. With the Volkswagen ID, the user can even be identified in future in a different vehicle via cloud-based personalisation. The Passat will automatically activate many personal settings in this case.
Mobile key. The smartphone will become the vehicle key in the future. We Connect is the interface for this today in the new Passat. The smartphone is set up for this purpose via the We Connect app, then authorised via the Infotainment system and TAN. The Mobile Key will be compatible with Android-based Samsung devices. No mobile network connection is required to use the smartphone as a mobile key. It is sufficient to place the smartphone near the door handle in the same way as the keyless locking and starting system Keyless Access opens the Passat. To start the engine, the smartphone is placed in the new compartment with interface in front of the Passat’s gear knob. Furthermore, it is also possible to send the mobile key to friends or family so that they can also use their smartphone as a key for the car.
We Park. We Connect in the new Passat changes the face of day-to-day mobility. The We Park online service, for example, means there’s no need to fill a parking meter with coins after finding a parking space. We Park in the new Passat handles payment of parking fees for the first time directly via the Infotainment system. As a result, the Passat has the parking meter on board. This is also the case with the We Park app. Parking fees are calculated to the minute and cent on a monthly and cashless basis. Traffic wardens can recognise participation in this online service via the registration number and the We Park sticker. If the parking time is running out, then the We Park app issues an early reminder. It also shows where the vehicle is parked.The navigation system in the Passat or the app also help in finding parking zones that are compatible with We Park. An increasing number of German cities are taking part. The first Dutch cities are also getting involved.
We Deliver. With new services such as We Deliver, the luggage compartment becomes a mobile delivery address – a portable post office box. This means, for example, that ironed shirts from the dry cleaners (Jonny Fresh as service provider), flowers from the florist, or purchases from a delivery service can all be delivered there. Access to the luggage compartment and GPS data for locating the Passat is obtained temporarily by We Deliver service providers for a delivery. In the same way, it is now possible for the Passat to be cleaned at its location by a service provider (My Cleaner) to save time going to the nearest car wash.
External partners welcome. Volkswagen We is looking forward to working with large or smaller local partners who want to develop new offers. And this is just the start. Volkswagen We has the potential with the large volume of the Passat and other best-sellers in this class to attract an ever-increasing number of partners.
We Experience. The future We Experience service will demonstrate that the past analogue and future digital worlds can fuse to create a new present. We Experience is implemented in the Infotainment system, and it provides tips such as customised options for restaurants, shops, or filling stations along the route upon request.