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VW merging cars and UMPCs

Volkswagen showed off their 2006 Passat concept car with a touchscreen headunit and UMPC docking station.

Volkswagen showed off their 2006 Passat concept car with a touchscreen headunit and UMPC docking station.

The car has three LCD screens, one in front and one for each back seat.

The car has three LCD screens, one in front and one for each back seat.

The screens are quite bright, even under harsh convention center lights.

The screens are quite bright, even under harsh convention center lights.

Closer look of one of the backseat screens

Closer look of one of the backseat screens

The headunit acts as an interface to a UMPC docked in the glovebox. This is the splash screen. StreetDeck makes the software.

The headunit acts as an interface to a UMPC docked in the glovebox. This is the splash screen. StreetDeck makes the software.

UMPC docks in sideways. Volkswagen said that finalized versions could hold as much as 100 GB of music and videos.

UMPC docks in sideways. Volkswagen said that finalized versions could hold as much as 100 GB of music and videos.

The UMPC play music from the Internet or from the hard drive.

The UMPC play music from the Internet or from the hard drive.

Drivers can rate songs and the artists. If you truly hate the song, you can give it the virtual thumbs down by tapping the universal no symbol.

Drivers can rate songs and the artists. If you truly hate the song, you can give it the virtual thumbs down by tapping the universal no symbol.

The UMPC provides navigation and traffic.

The UMPC provides navigation and traffic.

Top-down navigation with satellite imagery.

Top-down navigation with satellite imagery.

Two-thirds perspective navigation mode.

Two-thirds perspective navigation mode.

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