Published: November 25, 2015 | Shanghai
Volkswagen plans to offer CarLife connectivity software from internet giant Baidu in its vehicles. As announced ahead of the 13th China Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition, both iOS and Android smartphone users will be able to safely make calls, use intelligent navigation, listen to Baidu Music, access mobile content and get weather updates from their Volkswagen.
Volkswagen also plans to be the first automotive brand to support the TAS car connectivity app from internet company Tencent. Android smartphone users will be able to use services like QQ messaging, live traffic info, internet radio and QQ music services in their Volkswagen vehicles.
Tencent, well known for its popular services like WeChat, QQ and QQ Music, includes interesting features in its TAS (Tencent Automotive Services) app. One example is for QQ messaging, whereby the app reads aloud incoming messages and replies can be sent via voice control. The way of sending and receiving QQ messages has also been readjusted to ensure better safety and privacy for car owners when driving. The TAS app also provides live traffic updates, internet radio and QQ Music.
The eighth generation of one of Volkswagen’s most successful models, the B8 Variant (Passat estate) features connectivity and safety systems, including: Active Info Display; online navigation; Front Assist including City Automatic Emergency Brake; Lane Assist; and Traffic Jam Assist, enabling the car to drive itself in slow, heavy traffic.
The TAS app supports the independent MirrorLink standard to make smartphone content available in a road-safe way on the car’s infotainment screen. Volkswagen App Connect supports MirrorLink within the MIB Generation 2 infotainment systems. MirrorLink-based apps are currently available for customers with Android-operated smartphones from brands like Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony.
Thanks to this successful cooperation between Volkswagen and Tencent, owners of some Volkswagen models equipped with the MIB Generation 2 infotainment system may soon use TAS app through MirrorLink inside their car and enjoy the networked big screen when driving.