2015 CES: VW Connected Golf Concept shows the things that are about to come

Article by Christian A., on January 6, 2015

Besides the Golf R Touch Concept, Volkswagen also showed the Connected Golf Concept at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). According to the German carmaker, the concept shows the maximum networking potential of the car.

Equipped with the next-generation infotainment system, the new Connected Golf Concept will incorporate a huge range of apps, smartphones and tablets via the progressive interface management system.

Passengers will be able to use different smartphone apps over the infotainment systems. Three underlying software interfaces of App-Connect are Mirror Link, Android Auto and CarPlay.

Still, the applications of VW Car-Net are not the only innovations found on the Connected Golf as the vehicle also comes with Regular Routers, a function of the navigation system which automatically detects traffic disruptions found on your daily route.

Furthermore, the Connected Gold is equipped with Intelligent Charge, showing that the inductive charging will be an alternative to the standard cable-based charging.

The Park Assist will automatically guide the vehicle into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, but can also exit parallel parking spaces.

"The two inventions of the century, the car and the computer, are gradually coming closer together. We need to design future mobility to be even more intelligent and even more networked," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG.

The new Volkswagen Golf is fitted, as standard, with an array of innovative safety systems like the multi-collision brake system which automatically applies the brakes following a collision. This system could dramatically reduce kinetic energy, thereby minimizing the chance of a second impact. According to a research in Germany, approximately one of four accidents resulting to personal injury are multi-collision events.

Also standard on the new Golf is the PreCrash system that was introduced on the Touareg. If the system detects the likelihood of an accident, it pre-tensions the seatbelts and closes both the windows and sunroof while leaving a small gap. In the process, PreCrash system can extract the best possible protection from the Golf’s airbags.

Interestingly, the new Golf could be specified with a number of optional safety systems, many of which were previously available only on upper class vehicles.

In the UK, the new VW Golf is fitted with Adaptive Cruise Control as standard from SE models upwards. This system employs radar sensors to allow the Golf to maintain a certain distance the vehicle in front. A Lane Assist system, meanwhile, employs a camera to help keep the Golf in a specific lane. Lane Assist could also aid in counter-steering when needed.

Also fitted is the Front Assist system that can make the Golf completely stop at speeds of up to 150 km/h (93 mph). This is matched by the City Emergency Braking system, which operates at up to 30 km/h (19 mph) to reduce or prevent the risk of any accident.

Having made its debut on the VW Passat, the Driver Alert System can monitor the inputs of the driver to sense any signs of tiredness. The Golf also comes with a Dynamic Light Assist system that could mask the high beam lighting to avoid dazzling on-coming traffic.

Meanwhile, the steering of the new VW Golf features a variable ratio system for more agile steering in dynamic driving situations. This variable ratio system also helps ensure stability at high speeds while making it easier to maneuver in the city. When fitted with the latest generation of the Park Assist, the new Golf could park as a space that is just around 80 cm longer than the car.

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