Thanks to the upgraded software and hardware, the infotainment in the new VW Golf should be faster, more powerful and more stable.
We’ve had the new Volkswagen Golf several times in our tests and usually received a very positive review, with one exception. We’re talking about a new infotainment system, which was a problem even before the car was introduced. However, even after its release, the system did not get rid of childhood diseases, and often managed to torment it with its vagaries, such as slow reactions and freezing. But this must change.
The automaker has announced extensive improvements to the Eight Golf’s infotainment system, which includes new hardware and software. The basis is still the modular MIB 3 infotainment system, which, however, received a more powerful SoC (system on a chip). The system contains a quad-core processor, a graphics card and a digital signal processor for audio.
Thanks to the new hardware, the new unit should provide 25 percent more computing capacity, while the graphics card will deliver up to three times the performance, which the customer should feel mainly due to faster system startup and better responses. For example, when searching for an address in the navigation, the destination system is displayed within five seconds – much earlier than usual.
The new infotainment system is expected to go into production in the coming weeks, but Volkswagen is also considering existing users. For their vehicles, or infotainment, improved software should be launched next year, which will improve existing and new infotainment functions.
With the new infotainment system, the automaker also attracts significantly improved voice control, which should respond faster and at the same time be able to handle common phrases – the crew will not rely on specific commands. Thanks to the digital microphones, the car also knows which part of the car the command came from and can adjust the air conditioning only for the driver or passenger, for example.
In addition, the automaker has also improved working with the touch screen with the new infotainment system. For example, if the user’s finger gets a few inches from the screen, the buttons around the hazard lamp button will be locked. After touching the screen, the touch panels for adjusting temperature and volume are also blocked under the screen.
The user will be able to rest their hand without inadvertently manipulating the volume or temperature of the sound. When working with the touch screen, just a light touch is enough. In addition, thanks to the infrared motion / distance sensor technology, the system responds smoothly to gestures made a few centimeters from the screen.
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