Maximum speed is an adequate 81MPH (130km/h), but more intriguing is what VW chose to make the car's infotainment system out of. Situated to the right of the wheel is a simple mount that has room for a single phone, and that phone is an HTC Desire HD -- which VW cunningly refers to as a "Portable Infotainment Device." Right now the phone is running a dummy app that can only pretend, but it does at least give the appearance of doing some interesting things like tuning in the radio, streaming music, offering navigation and even updating you on the status of your car -- like if you left the ridiculously small trunk open.
Other controls are minimalistic -- just some climate dials to the right and buttons on the wheel for adjusting volume, answering calls, and setting the automatic cruise control, which can maintain distance between you and the cars ahead and brake automatically should you fail to do so. The rest of the information is displayed on an LCD dash behind the wheel.
As you might have guessed, this one is a concept car set to exist only in the future, meaning we'll only get a glimpse of it here in the present. Given the size of the rest of the traffic on the roads today, maybe that's for the best.
- Key specs
- Type Smartphone
- Operating system Android (Gingerbread [2.3])
- Screen size 4.3 inches
- Internal memory 1.5 GB
- Camera 8 megapixels
- Talk time 2G (up to 9.17 hours), 3G (up to 5.33 hours)
- Dimensions 4.84 x 2.68 x 11.8 in
- Weight 5.78 oz