The future of in-car-entertainment (ICE) is growing very rapidly- Apple with its CarPlay, Google with its Open Automotive Alliance and a consortium of auto makers and mobile phone manufactures including Nokia, LG, and Samsung, working under the MirrorLink banner.
The facelifted Polo is one of the first cars from Volkswagen Group's stable to come with the company's new touch-screen infotainment system. A 5.0-inch screen on the two lower trims and a 6.5-inch touchscreen on the top-of-the-line variant will be on offer. The Bluetooth system has been upgraded, and can now pair two phones at once, which allow driver to make calls on one, and play music through the second. Incidentally, this feature is also available on the Maruti Celerio. The USB connections have also been simplified, with phones now connecting via their own cables.
The biggest addition in the connectivity front, may be offered in the form of Mirrorlink system. The technology allows drivers to display their phone's apps on the car's touch-screen, and lets you operate games, internet radio and social media apps. Even navigation can be run on the car’s system through a compatible smartphone. Right now only Android and Symbian operating systems are currently supportedand Mirrorlink doesn't work with Apple devices yet. The German carmaker is hopeful that Apple will give permission for Mirrorlink to be used with iOS devices.