By on December 11, 2015

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Volkswagen announced Friday it would show off “developments in electromobility as well as the next generation of connectivity” at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas.

“For instance, Volkswagen will give quite a clear glimpse of the latest developments in in-car infotainment that are on the verge of being launched onto the market. This will see innovations such as the Golf R Touch concept car finding their way into Volkswagen’s broad product portfolio,” the automaker said in a statement.

That’s probably possibly what we’re looking at here in a B-roll video made by the automaker obtained by TTAC through less-than-official channels.

Pictures from the video give us a pretty good idea of what we’re looking at here. You can watch the video below to see it in action yourself.

A full TFT display for the driver, a feature that’s never been offered before on the Volkswagen Golf, and an updated infotainment system certainly could be what the automaker is talking about when it mentions technology “on the verge of being launched onto the market.”

In addition to the updated TFT display and infotainment unit, there appears to be a wireless charging mat in the center console.

We’ll have to wait until CES to see what else Volkswagen has to show us.

[H/T to Bozi]

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41 Comments on “LEAKED: Volkswagen Might Show This Full TFT Display, Infotainment System at CES (Video)...”


  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Slowly catching up to 2008 tablet levels, way to go auto industry!

  • avatar
    HerrKaLeun

    does it have a submenu for enabling/disabling defeat device?

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      It’s Alt + 7.

    • 0 avatar
      sirwired

      Up/Down, Up/Down, Left/Right, Left/Right, A/B, A/B, Start… Duh.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        Konami Code!

        Gotta go to my parents house and find my NES and my copy of Contra!

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          We beat Contra in New Orleans, which I had never done.

          The ending was EPIC but I was a little like, aliens, really?

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I miss simple gaming like that. Everything is either SUPER GRAPHICS or freemium mobile gaming. I have no interest in playing a game where I have to pay money as I move farther in the game.

            For example, Mario 3 is still awesome to play. Mega Man 2 as well. Holy crap I love Mega Man 2.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I started to look into mobile development because as much as I hate iOS/Android devices I see a market for a return of those type of games (and limited use apps). I can see people ponying up a couple bucks for a Mega Man clone with a couple new levels (or Zelda clone if you wanted to go that route or FF7 clone if your want to go RPG). The only thing I wouldn’t see would be retro sports games on mobile, but maybe I’m wrong.

            Oh and I kinda want this now:

            http://blog.cheaperthandirt.com/positive-impressions-kel-tec-su-16c/comment-page-4/#comments

            and I need to get an AR lower, and a pistol, and I kinda still want an AK74. Oh and ammunition for all of those. Basically I need about 5K back the District of Criminals steals from me every year.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            There are a couple of exceptions to retro sports games being a no go. Super Tecmo Bowl is still popular. As is the hockey game Blades of Steel. Most of the other sports games are all about the yearly updated lineups.

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Love Contra. Miss my NES.

            My current gaming obsession (since WoL beta in 2010) is Starcraft 2. A well balanced, dynamic, brilliantly designed game that doesnt rely on super HD graphics or DLC.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Used PS1/2/3 controller
            PS controller USB adapter
            Emulator + ROMS

            You’ve got gaming for nearly everything 2000 and earlier (N64 is the only exception I am aware of).

            Oh and DOSBOX for PC games.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            N64 was a weird system, but it had some great games. GoldenEye, Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, Donkey Kong Country, Mario Kart, Perfect Dark, Star Fox, that Star Wars game with Dash Rendar, and more!

          • 0 avatar
            davefromcalgary

            Super Smash Bros for N64 killed many an evening/night in university. Its sequels never had the same appeal.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Oh man, I played so much N64 Super Smash Brothers. Also, WCW vs NWO and WrestleMania 2000!

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Great games but it had a controller with some sort of patent (the Z-axis IIRC) and emulating it today is very difficult. Project64 could run the game but I eventually concluded I would need to use an N64 controller to play the game (Goldeneye).

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            It’s worth it for GoldenEye/Perfect Dark.

          • 0 avatar
            NoGoYo

            Man, N64 is some good sh*t. All the games mentioned are classics, though I have No Mercy and not WrestleMania 2000.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            No Mercy is better than WrestleMania 2000.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Maybe for Christmas Santa will bring 28CL an N64 controller. I actually did order an adapter years ago from China which never arrived (thanks for your help Ebay, NOT. “No, no, you got plug, we sent plug, you go check again”)

          • 0 avatar
            TMA1

            Forget knock-off Megaman games. Capcom is still making brand new 8-bit Megaman games. 9 and 10 are available in the Playstation store.

        • 0 avatar
          mason

          You no say fuk!

      • 0 avatar
        mason

        Ahem, I believe it was B A start…it was left to right on the buttons and the B button was furthest left.

      • 0 avatar
        burgersandbeer

        It’s up up down down, not up down up down

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        Actually saw a retro-replica unit of the Atari 2600 and something else (Sega Genesis, maybe) for sale in the “cheap X-Mas tripe” aisle at Kroger last week; basically a unit that looks like the old console, with retro controllers and several hundred games on a built-in chip!

        I’d love to see Pole Positiion, in Atari 5200 or better guise, available for the PC. Great way to relieve a little stress; I don’t necessarily need to get into GTA or anything that complicated.

        Tetris!

        Missile Command!

        And of course, ***Pac Man,*** the one that started it all!

        Fvck, I feel old! :-(

  • avatar
    PeriSoft

    I like the concept and functionality of big displays as instruments, but it makes me nervous that most of them are apparently TFT rather than OLED. The OLED center display in my Sonata has perfect black levels, which means I can turn the brightness down at night and turn off the main infotainment TFT and actually have night vision. But the black levels of TFTs tend to be absolutely atrocious, even with the lights turned to minimum, and I envision full TFT clusters glaring out at me being a really bad thing. Can anyone confirm whether it’s possible to turn the things down enough so they don’t destroy night vision?

    • 0 avatar
      ahintofpepperjack

      All the new Chrysler vehicles have 7″ TFT displays in the gauge cluster. The black levels are very good, and can get very dim if you like. I prefer TFT over OLED, because OLED has a limited lifespan.

  • avatar
    callmeishmael

    Even though they can have their faults, I prefer analog instruments because it’s vanishingly rare to have them all die at once and they’re easy to replace. I’d be very concerned about the reliability and the longevity of this setup. Will VW have a dead pixel return policy?

  • avatar
    Bimmer

    Hey, look, it’s not even in production, yet VW engineered it, so it has a dash full of Christmas tree lights!

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    If VW does this disco-dash thing, I will find a way to retrofit it to my GSW, come hell, high water, or denied warranty claims.

  • avatar
    EAF

    VW should integrate On-Board Diagnostics II with their infotainment system. This way, at 50 miles when your first CEL is triggered, you may easily discern the fault and its cause.

    Maybe offer suggestions on how to go about fixing the POS?

    Step 1. Open hood.
    Step 2. Remove headlights, Remove grill, Remove front bumper & reinforcement.
    Step 3. Trade it in for a Honda!

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    These pix look to be the e-Golf or Hybrid, since the big gauge on the left doesn’t appear to represent a rev. counter.

    I’m not sure if the new Civic has an all-TFT IP on anything above the LX models. Any info, B&B?

  • avatar
    RHD

    It should have an option for real-time emissions data. We could begin to trust if we could verify.
    Now when that video jukebox goes belly-up, how much will a replacement unit cost? And, will the car run only with the original set-up, like the VWs that required the original radio to remain installed?

  • avatar
    NickS

    Without major driver-assist features, most of this interactivity will need to be disabled when the vehicle is in motion.

    Someone needs to be doing the paying attention and driving bit.

    • 0 avatar
      VCplayer

      I really wish there was a switch on the passenger side that would disable the lock somehow. That’s impractical for a lot of reasons, but it’s really frustrating when you’re in the passenger seat and you aren’t allowed to program the GPS.

      • 0 avatar
        NickS

        One way would be to enable the more distracting features by detecting the presence of a passenger. They could also detect how distracted, drowsy or impaired the driver is. They could incorporate voice command for navi and other functions. It won’t be simple, but they will need to figure out what makes sense and isn’t annoying to the driver either.


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