VW has officially made arguing over music a hands-free activity for everyone in the car.
Let it be known that, as of May 3, Volkswagen has simultaneously revolutionized and destroyed the time-honored tradition of road tripping thanks to its new Media Control app. That’s because this app – which is available for tablets and smartphones using Apple or Android systems – allows anyone in the car to tinker with the stereo via WLAN connection. This does not seem like a good idea.
Perhaps we’re being a bit too dramatic here. The Media Control app works on Volkswagens equipped with either the Discover Navigation or Discover Navigation Pro infotainment system, allowing any passenger in the car to connect with and manipulate the setup. That includes changing radio stations, pumping up the bass, adjusting volume, and playing tracks from the connected device.
And to answer the question that everyone has right now, yes the driver can disable the WLAN connection at any time. Because we can’t imagine mischievous passengers cranking the volume at random intervals, or siblings in the back seat constantly fighting over which song to play. On the flip side of that, we all have that one person who seems to have the right song for every occasion. Such a passenger could make an already epic road trip into something legendary.
There’s more to Media Control than just music. The functionality will also allow connected passengers to make phone calls through the on-board speakers and microphone. The navigation system can also be accessed, allowing users to monitor the progress during a trip or even enter a new destination. Again, therein lies potential for both extreme frustration and hilarity. Someone up front says something stupid? Enter destination: Nimrod, Oregon. Yes, it's a real place.
There’s certainly all kinds of potential for the new feature. Its launch coincides with several other trim and color updates announced today for a variety of Volkswagen models. Among them are larger infotainment screens, new exterior color options, new entry-level trim for the Beetle, and a range of updates for the Golf. See the press release after the photo gallery for details.
Gallery: Volkswagen Media Control
IN-CAR ENTERTAINMENT IS IN EVERYONE’S HANDS WITH VOLKSWAGEN’S MEDIA CONTROL APP
- Volkswagen Media Control is now standard on the Discover Navigation infotainment system
- Passengers’ smartphones become an in-car remote control
- Other improvements to vehicle specifications right across the Volkswagen range
Milton Keynes, 3 May 2017 – ‘Flipper’, ‘zapper’, ‘doo-dad’ or just plain ‘remote’ – whatever you choose to call your remote control, passengers in many new Volkswagen cars can now use their smartphone to switch between music tracks being played in the car, turn the volume up and do a host of other things.
Cars factory ordered from today (3 May) that have the latest Discover Navigation or Discover Navigation Pro infotainment systems included as standard, or as an option, will be compatible with Volkswagen’s innovative Media Control app.
The app gives passengers the power to choose the music that accompanies their journey, including playing tracks stored on their own smartphone through the car’s infotainment system. Whether they are sitting in the front or the back of the car they can adjust the system volume, as well as the speaker balance and fade, via a WLAN connection.
An end to ‘are we there yet?’
Media Control gives passengers access to many of the infotainment system’s features. From viewing the current position of the car to seeing how long the remaining journey will be, plus entering a destination into the navigation program, it is all covered.
Flicking between radio stations via the smartphone screen is now possible, and dialling a contact from the passenger’s smartphone will result, if selected, in the call being made via the speakers and microphone built-in to the car.
Putting control in the palm of front- or rear-seat passengers’ hands is another example of how Volkswagen is developing a suite of user-friendly systems via its Car-Net infotainment offering.
Ease of use of all elements of Car-Net is a cornerstone of Volkswagen’s connected car programme and Media Control opens up the power of the Discover Navigation and Discover Navigation Pro infotainment systems to everyone in the car.
Volkswagen’s Media Control app is compatible with smartphones and tablets that have Apple or Android operating systems¹ and the WLAN connection to the car can be switched on or off at any time.
Latest generation infotainment rolled out
The 2018 Model Year enhancements to Volkswagen’s infotainment systems continue with an increase in screen size for the Golf SV, Touran and Passat Saloon and Estate models, factory ordered from today, too. In these models, the Composition Media and Discover Navigation systems are upgraded to the latest generation units with an eight-inch display screen, up from 6.5 inches previously. And the latest range-topping Discover Navigation Pro unit now boasts a 9.2-inch display, increased from eight inches. All of these screens are colour and feature touchscreen technology, bringing them in line with the systems first seen recently in the updated Golf range.
Continuing the theme, the entry-level Volkswagen Beetle trim will now include the Composition Media system as standard, rather than Composition Colour. Composition Media, previously available from the Beetle Design trim upwards, adds the ability to pair two smartphones, via Bluetooth, to the Beetle. It includes an AUX-in socket for an external media source such as an iPod or an MP3 player, and two extra speakers to bring the total of sound sources in the car to eight.
A new range of vibrant colours is debuting on a selection of Volkswagen’s models from today. The Tiguan, Volkswagen’s third-best seller in the UK, has a new Crimson Red option. The Golf SV benefits from the colours that were first seen on the updated Golf: Peacock Green, White Silver, Black Rubin and Turmeric Yellow. The sporty Scirocco now has the choice of Atlantic Blue and White Silver, too.
The Golf range has just been comprehensively updated with new bodywork and enhanced technology coming to Volkswagen’s best-seller. The enhancements keep on coming though: the iconic Golf GTI is now available with 18-inch ‘Seville’ alloy wheels that feature an eye-catching red pinstripe finish. The Golf and Golf Estate in SE and SE Navigation trims can now be ordered with the smart 17-inch ‘Madrid’ alloy wheel, previously only available on the GT trim.
Further technological updates have also arrived. The entry-level Golf S now has Front Assist fitted as standard for no extra cost to the customer.
Meanwhile the latest petrol-electric hybrid Golf GTE has extra driving modes in the form of ‘Battery Hold’ and ‘Battery Charge’. Battery Hold maintains the level of charge in the battery, for example so that the driver can use all-electric drive through a town to their final destination. Battery Charge increases the level of regenerative braking to more quickly replenish the car’s batteries on the move.
For more details on the complete Volkswagen range – together with brochures and pricing – and to use Volkswagen’s online configurator, please visit www.volkswagen.co.uk.