Volkswagen has unveiled the new Phaeton at Auto China 2010 (27th April to 2nd May) in Beijing.
VW is for the first time offering (in Europe) an Internet-based Google function in the new Phaeton as a map display add-on for the RNS 810 radio navigation system (8-inch touchscreen) with 30-gigabyte hard drive.
The relevant data gets loaded onto the system over the Internet via mobile telephone and a proxy server specially set up for the purpose.
The visualisation on the touchscreen’s display is the same as the Google Maps ‘Satellite’ view familiar from the conventional Internet and equivalent to the iPhone’s ‘Hybrid’ view. In the Phaeton the satellite images naturally get supplemented by the navigation system’s appropriately highlighted route recommendation.
Particularly interesting in this feature are the POIs (points of interest) that can be accessed. Addresses, tourist sights, businesses, sports venues, doctors’ surgeries and restaurants integrated within Google can be selected in seconds and transferred directly into the route navigation.
In perfect conditions the system loads the data via UMTS connection. The telephone itself gets completely integrated into the system via remote SIM access profiles (rSAP). Alternatively, anyone who wants to use a mobile phone with hands-free profiles (HFPs) can also do this linked up with the new Phaeton (in this case Google is disabled). In HFP mode phones that are ‘Phaeton compatible’ include, for example, Apple’s iPhone.