Later this year, VW will introduce the second generation "modular infotainment platform" (MIB II) in the United States. Along with the new infotainment system, MirrorLink will also be made available for the first time, integrating the apps and operating layout of numerous smartphones (including Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony) into cars. When MirrorLink is introduced, two other interfaces will also be launched under the App-Connect label: CarPlay™ (Apple) and Android Auto (Google). Simultaneously, VW will also launch CarPlay and Android Auto in the European market.
When Apple first launched CarPlay, Volkswagen was a major manufacturer missing; however, they now join Audi, Chevrolet, BMW, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Volvo and more. Volkswagen notes that new cars in both Europe and North America will get support sometime in late 2015.