Feeling safe and secure on the road is more than just buckling your seat belt and adjusting your mirrors. Volkswagen knows this, and it’s making commuting/road-tripping/errand-running a bit less stressful with its new Volkswagen Car-Net in-car assistance system.
It’s made up of a number of convenience and diagnostics features, such as Automatic Crash Notification, Roadside Assistance, Agent Destination Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Vehicle Status and Last Parked Location. Those in the market for a 2014 VW can find Car-Net on the Jetta, Passat, Tiguan, CC, Beetle, Beetle Convertible and Eos models.
At the core of the telematics system is the Car-Net Specialist. This invaluable resource can help drivers out in an accident or breakdown and provide directions to that out-of-this-world diner.
With Roadside Assistance, the driver simply presses the Wrench button on the overhead console and the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) and whereabouts are fired off to Volkswagen roadside assistance specialists. This will come in handy for those adventurous treks off the beaten path.
The Crash Notification feature gives drivers a hefty dose of peace-of-mind. If an accident is detected (either an airbag deploys or the car rolls over), the system calls a VW Car-Net customer specialist and info about the vehicle and its whereabouts is sent to a response center. At that point, callers are connected to emergency services and help will be dispatched to their location.
Agent Destination Assist is for those driving VW models equipped with a factory-installed navigation system. If a driver gets a bit turned around in a new town, a Car-Net Specialist can send directions right to the car. Those without navigation can get the feature via the mobile app.
For help finding your car in a packed lot, the Volkswagen Car-Net mobile app will bring up the vehicle’s last known parked position on a 2D map — a particularly nice feature for frazzled drivers.
VW has built an all-encompassing system that isn’t just about safety. It gives folks a leg up with helpful day-to-day stuff too, with such offerings as Remote Vehicle Status. This checks the status of vehicle doors, lights, sunroof, hood, convertible top and trunk. Service Appointment Scheduling can be a huge boost when those to-do lists are overflowing.
Those buying a VW with Car-Net get it free for six months. After that time, drivers can choose between the following payment plans: one year for $199, two years for $378, three years for $540 or month-to-month for $17.99.
Leave it to Volkswagen’s “net” to help drivers feel safe, secure and just a bit more sane.