The T-Roc's optional Active Info Display is a new development. The second generation of the Volkswagen digital instruments is distinguished by an 11.7-inch display (diagonal), very high-quality graphics (133 dpi; resolution 1,280 x 480 pixels) and a very extended range of functions. As a result, the display offers better graphic performance, higher pixel density, greater brightness and contrast, more intense colours and fewer conventional indicator lamps. Using a ‘View button' on the multifunction steering wheel, the driver can now also switch between three basic layouts, easily and quickly.
Completely new look and feel. The high-quality graphics convey a completely new look and feel with their progressive design. The crucial aspect here is that Volkswagen has fundamentally redefined fully digital instruments. The interface designers have always aimed to utilise the digital display to integrate additional information levels into the instruments. The graphics of the round instruments (dials), such as the rev counter and speedometer, however, follow the appearance of their analogue counterparts. At the next stage of digital instruments, interface designers have departed from the analogue look entirely and created a consistently digitalised world of instruments. They developed three basic digital layouts between which the driver can toggle with the ‘View button':
- A view with two dials, one for the rev counter and one for the speedometer
- A digital view without dials
- A digital view without dials but with supplemental information. This supplemental information can be configured via the infotainment system.
Example: classic view with two dials. The view with two dials is organised as follows: Shown on the left border of the instruments is the vertical engine temperature gauge, and on the right border the vertical fuel tank gauge. The left dial shows the engine speed, and the engaged gear is shown in the middle. The representation of engine speed is interactive; whenever the next 1000 step is reached, it is shown with a large figure for example. The same applies to the right dial of the speedometer. The current speed is shown as an enlarged figure. This type of display makes it much easier to take in the information. It is also possible to have the precise speedometer reading shown together with a lot of other information, if desired. For instance, information such as album covers and song information from the media library might be displayed on the middle screen between the two dials, depending on the configuration. Information constantly placed in this area includes the outside temperature, odometer reading and indicators for assistance systems such as ACC.
- Classic view with information profiles. Instead of placing information such as the engaged gear in the centre of the rev counter or the precise driving speed in the centre of the speedometer, information profiles can also be integrated here. For example, navigation information could be shown in the rev counter while information about the remaining driving time and distance might be shown in the speedometer. In this case, the selector lever position display and the precise speed are shifted down to the lower edge of the Active Info Display and are shown smaller.
Example: Digital view without dials. In this layout the driver might personalise the screen with a dominant display of the current album cover and song information from the media library, for instance. In this case, the display of the engaged gear and the precise speed move down to the lower edge of the display in large numerals. Alternatively, the entire ‘driving information since the start' can be displayed centrally. A further option: the telephone display with contact images and call information or full-screen navigation. Types of information that are shown constantly such as trip mileage and outside temperature always stay in the same positions.
Example: Digital view without dials but with supplemental information. In the third view, various supplemental information can be shown. For example, navigation information, information about the assistance systems, on-board computer information and the media library. Here the Active Info Display is personalised by the driver to a large extent.