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Aliens Remain Unseen But VW Guards 2021 Model Lineup With MIB3

The "men in black" conspiracy theories should simply focus on discussing how the MIB blockbusters have lost their comedic value with the recent reshuffle of the star cast in the latest installment, Men in Black: International. We are here to discuss about a completely different secret agent – VW's latest iteration of the MIB infotainment system.
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The German automaker is deploying the MIB3 version across most vehicles part of the U.S. range along with a host of other 2021 model year enhancements. The latter include new driver-assistance systems – such as Travel Assist and Emergency Assist – which are being introduced in America for the first time.

Just to get any future jokes out of the way, at Volkswagen the acronym MIB stands for “Modular Infotainment Matrix” - so there are no small aliens hidden inside the dashboard and ready to operate the car’s touchscreen controls.

With that conundrum settled, we can tell you the MIB3 version arriving on U.S.-spec 2021 model year vehicles is equipped with the wireless App-Connect feature – allowing for easier cable-free operation, as well as better voice recognition software.

Other enhancements include the standardization of the illuminated USB-C connector across all models, along with the arrival of a reworked navigation system that features new map designs, more intuitive route options, advanced itinerary management and faster access to the user’s frequently visited locations.

Partner SiriusXM is also introducing alongside the MIB3 its latest platform – the SiriusXM 360L subscription for satellite streaming of on-demand content. Also new for the 2021 model year range is the availability of some of the company’s latest driver safety and assistance systems – the Travel Assist and Emergency Assist features.

The former enables – first on the Atlas lineup – semi-autonomous (with hands-on) driving from zero to 95 mph. The system combines features of the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keeping Assist in order to help the driver reduce the workload on certain occasions.

Still, the latter remains responsible for the control of the vehicle and is monitored by the car via the capacitive sensors embedded in the steering wheel.

For the entire list of modifications to the U.S. range for the 2021 model year check the press release section below.

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