Volkswagen provides expansive digitalisation with respect to operation and information in the new Passat. Compatible Samsung smartphones become a mobile key for opening and starting the Passat. Volkswagen App Connect – the interface for integrating smartphone apps – offers wireless integration of iPhone apps for the first time at Volkswagen, meaning the Passat can be left permanently online.
As well as improved navigation-related services with real-time information, this encompasses new technologies and offerings, music streaming services, Internet radio, natural voice control enriched with online content, seamless use of online services provided by Volkswagen We, and future cloud-based portable vehicle settings. radio.net now allows drivers and passengers to enjoy online radio stations in addition to FM, AM, and DAB stations from around the world. 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. “Hello Volkswagen” – that’s all the driver needs to say to wake up the Passat to respond to commands. All key navigation, phone, and radio functions can be voice-controlled. For example, simply say, “I want to go to Jungfernstieg in Hamburg,” to activate the navigation system. Another very useful feature is the ability to dictate text messages – the Infotainment system even reads out any messages received.
This digital platform also bundles mobility services from external partners. Volkswagen creates space for new concepts such as We Park (cashless parking), and We Deliver (car access-based services – providing access to the vehicle for service partners).