One new development is 'VW Connect', a system available as an accessory that Volkswagen will be offering for many older and practically all new VW brand models. 'VW Connect' enables users to access all sorts of different vehicle information and to utilise services such as an electronic logbook. 'VW Connect' is made up of a smartphone app and a hardware module (DataPlug), which you plug into the on-board diagnosis interface. App and module correspond with each other via Bluetooth. Plug and play in the truest sense. The DataPlug and smartphone app make basic connectivity services possible for millions of Volkswagen vehicles from model year 2008 onwards. 'VW Connect' is already available in a first few European countries, with the launch in Germany planned for mid-2018.
Once the module is plugged in, the app or a web portal can be used to access a huge array of vehicle information. This includes, for example, upcoming services, the fuel level in the tank, the digital logbook as mentioned above, information on driving style, the car's current location and a tank monitor as a cost control function. Refuelling, for example, is automatically recognised. A complete summary is thus created of all filling station stops, fuel consumption, monthly fuel costs and even the cost per journey. Meanwhile, the logbook function automatically records the start and end of each journey, including time, odometer reading, route and addresses. The records can be output later as a PDF. In the event of a breakdown or accident, you can also make direct contact with the Volkswagen Service Hotline or breakdown assistance service.
More details at: www.vwconnect.com