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Volkswagen RNS Navigation FAQ

Volkswagen RNS 310 car navigation system


VW RNS 310 NAVIGATION UNIT FAQConsidered one of the best built-in car navigation systems, the RNS 310 has a high resolution 5 inch display which allows for a clear view of the road maps in 2D or 3D according to the driver’s preference. The display has a touchscreen, for even easier access to the menu and options.  In order to suit all preferences, the RNS 310 also can be controlled through push buttons.

An iPOD or any USB flash stick can be attached directly to the RNS 310 through the media-in socket. This will allow the driver and passengers to listen to their favorite music or why not an audio book for a more pleasant trip.  In addition, the RNS 310 has an AUX input socket, through which a CD or MP3 player can easily be plugged in.  The FM radio can memorize 24 stations for quicker and easier access.

If the service is available, the RNS 310 will also allow for real-time traffic information to be received and displayed.  This useful feature will allow the modern RNS 310 to choose the best route for your trip, according to the current traffic situation.

The radio allows for the driver to receive real-time traffic information as well, which will add to the comfort of being guided securely and as easily as possible to the destination of your choice.  Your RNS 310 has the option of offering alternative routes in accordance with the traffic jams.

This smart navigation system, can be used when parking for rear viewing, it can also be utilized as a handsfree for your mobile phone, or simply for the control of the multi media and air conditioning of your Volkswagen.


Volkswagen RNS 510 car navigation system

VW RNS 510 NAVIGATION UNIT FAQThe RNS 510 multimedia control and GPS navigation system for Volkswagen is a guarantee for an easy and comfortable control, and a safe and pleasurable experience for the driver and passengers.  The touchscreen display is TFT and high quality, which allows for excellent 2D or 3D viewing of the road maps and routes.

The split-screen feature is an additional extra, allowing to simultaneously keep an eye on the route, and view other important information or display the menu control for example.  If it is offered as a locally, the navigation system also uses real time traffic information through the radio feeds.  This can be incorporated with the roadmap database, and be used when the RNS 510 calculates and offers the best route for your trip, depending on the current traffic situation.

Apart from the integrated 30GB HD, the RNS 510 has a DVD-ROM drive, for extra memory.  Any format of music can be played – either stored on the hard disk, on an external SD memory card or on a DVD disk.

An additional TV tuner (DVB-T) can be plugged into the RNS 510 for TV support as well.  Apart from being able to watch TV, when the engine is not running, the Teletext information is also a useful resource for both driver and passengers on the road.

The option for adding the Premium Bluetooth mobile phone integration feature to the RNS 510, is another step toward an even safer and more comfortable driving experience.

The RNS510 is an OEM navigation system, manufactured by Continental Automotive and is used in several models of Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda Cars.


  • Touch screen user interface
  • 30GB hard disk drive for maps (10GB) and music (20GB)
  • DVD player built-in
  • SD card reader built in for MP3 and WMA music files
  • 6.5″ 16:9 Widescreen display
  • 800 x 480 screen resolution
  • MDI compatible
  • RVC compatible
  • Optical Parking System compatible
  • Dynaudio and VW Sound System compatible
  • Position sensing via ABS sensors
  • Acoustic driving instructions
  • Optical pictograms in the on-board computer display monitor (Highline DIS only)
  • Adjustable radio loudspeaker volume control for the output of driving recommendations
  • Selectable menu language: German, English, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Selectable road map orientation
  • Guidance to destination “turn by turn”
  • Dynamic navigation which re-routes when there are traffic problems ahead
  • Evaluation of TP and TA
  • TIM: Traffic news memory
  • TMC – Traffic Message Channel
  • POI – Points Of Interest such as petrol stations, airports, train stations, car parks, theaters, shopping centres, cash machines etc etc…)
  • Ability to play music from internal CD/DVD and use GPS at the same time
  • Split screen display – compass/3d map view, gps stats/map, bird’s eye map view/3d map view, etc.
  • RDS/EON VHF (stereo), MW* TP, TA
  • 400 MHz CPU
  • Speech distortion elimination during traffic news
  • 6 x 6 memory presets (TP, FM, AM, on the memory levels 1 and 2)
  • Radio and memory scan
  • 20W x 4 output power (RMS)


Volkswagen RNS 810 navigation and radio system

VW RNS 810 NAVIGATION UNIT FAQThe RNS 810 is a central car control unit, which allows for the easy and comfortable control of the multimedia, the air conditioning and of course the GPS navigation system of the car.

It has a high resolution TFT touchscreen display, which allows for the driver and passengers to easily scroll through the menu options, choose destination points, choose a music file, or turn on the air conditioning with just one touch.

The high quality display allows for a 2D or 3D of the road maps.  The RNS 810 supports radio transmitted traffic information (TMC) in the regions and countries where this service is available.  This real-time information will be used by this smart navigation system, when offering the best, most comfortable and shortest routes to the destination of your choice.

The split-screen function of the RNS 810 display is useful for simultaneously viewing the maps and other additional information or car controls.


Apart from accessing and using the latest road map databases, the integrated 30GB Hard disk, the DVD and the additional SD card slot allow for the loading, storage and playback of music and video files for a perfect multimedia experience while travelling.

The high quality TFT display allows for excellent viewing of movies and videos for the passengers, together with the modern 8 speaker sound system, the multimedia experience is perfect while travelling.

A TV tuner can be added, so that TV or Teletext can be used as well.  There is also a Premium Bluetooth mobile integration option which can be ordered with the RNS 810, which adds additional comfort and safety for the driver.

You can find VW maps here:

Volkswagen Europe and America Navigation DVD Maps.


Audi RNS-E Navigation FAQ

Audi RNS-E Navigation FAQ

Audi RNS-E Navigation Question & Answers

Audi RNS-E Navigation FAQNavigation Plus:

Your general overview of the RNS-E and the useful features it provides.

The Audi Navigation Plus is a DVD based navigation system which became available as an option on US MY2005 or 2005.5 and onward A3/A4 automobiles. The A6 and A8 also use a similar built in MMI system which is basically the same as the RNS-E. First released in Europe in the earlier platform cars, the RNS-E is the successor to the older RNS-D, and the CD based Navigation Plus, which was only available in Europe and the US Audi Navigation found in TT’s, S4’s, A6’s, and A8 model line cars.

Q: What is the RNS-E?
A: The RNS-E is an Audi DVD based navigation system. The unit utilizes two SD card slots for MP3 playback.

Q: How do I know if this navigation will fit my car?
A: If you currently have a Symphony II head unit you will have no problem fitting the RNS-E into the console. If you have the Concert II head unit or any of the older single DIN OEM head units this operation will not be a plug and play install.

Q: What model RNS-E should I get?
A: 8P0 035 192 Audi A3 Europe: 8P
8P0 035 192 A Audi A3 Europe (MY 2006, without SDS) 8P
8P0 035 192 C Audi A3 North America (Basic, MY 2006) 8P *
8P0 035 192 F Audi A3 Europe (MY 2006, with SDS) 8P
8E0 035 192 C Audi A4 Europe (B6/B7) Most common
8E0 035 192 D Audi A4 Europe (B7, MY 2006, without SDS)
8E0 035 192 E Audi A4 North America (B7, MY 2005.5)
8E0 035 192 F Audi A4 North America (B7, MY 2006, with SDS?) *
8E0 035 192 J Audi A4 North America (B7, MY 2006, with SDS?) *
8E0 035 192 H Audi A4 Europe (B7, MY 2006, with SDS)
4B0 035 192 P Audi A6 Europe, C5 and Allroad (A4 B5 with faceplate mod)
4B0 035 192 R Audi A6 North America, C5 and Allroad (A4 B5 with faceplate mod)
*Unconfirmed, part number and description may not be correct.

Q: Does the RNS-E play CDs?
A: Yes the navigation DVD drive will play regular or burned CDs however only when the DVD map is removed from the drive.

Q: What are SD card slots used for?
A: A Secure Digital card, or SD as they call it, is a removable media storage card which allows the user to save MP3 files and play them back through their RNS-E unit. SD cards can be purchased in a range of storage capacity from as little as 16mb to 8gb (8 thousand megabytes). Price obviously coincides with storage size.

Q: Where can I get the DVD map by NavTeq?
A: The best place to source this map disk is on or from NavTeq /HERE directly(they are expensive),Or From This Site.

Q: Can I use satellite radio with the RNS-E?
A: Yes, although all RNS-E units are satellite radio ready, to allow for it to work on the Euro RNS-E you will need to flash the unit to US spec. Reason for this is that in Europe they do not offer satellite radio services so only US RNS-E units were able to link to receivers. You will need to have the most updated receivers as well model numbers are Sirius 8E0 057 593D, XM Part No. 8E0 057 593E

Q: Does the RNS-E provide the option of a telephone?
A: To operate and integrate a telephone you will need to acquire proper Audi Motorola phone and module. Parts are available at your Audi parts dept. See below for proper part number. Phone directory is displayed directly on your RNS-E screen and allows for names, numbers, and addresses to be stored for instant connection.

Q: Can my RNS-E utilize Bluetooth technology?
A: Yes, to get a wireless Bluetooth connection between your RNS-E and your Bluetooth hardware you will need to purchase the Bluetooth plug and play wiring harness, receiver module, and microphone for phone usage.

Audio/Video Quick Guide

Q: Since my RNS-E uses DVD based map discs, does it play DVD movies?
A: Unfortunately not, although the drive allows for DVD maps the unit will only read the dual layer map discs put out by NavTeq.

Q: How do I play a CD while the navigation is active?
A: The only way to operate a CD for playback is to use an external CD player. Audi has an OEM glove box unit which holds 6 discs at a time and connects directly to the Navigation. Both the US and European model are confirmed working with the RNS-E. The model numbers are 8E0 035 111 A and 8E0 035 111 D.

Q: Does the RNS-E allow for movies or video games to be viewed?
A: Like any monitor you can hook up an external audio/video source to the navigation system. Acting as an output source, the RNS-E will display movies or video games directly on the screen.

Q: What do I need to allow for video to be displayed?
A: An external video source such as a DVD player or video game console will be needed. Many owners prefer the Blaupunkt ME3 DVD/MP3/TV Tuner/CD player unit. This unit fits directly into your OEM glove box. Check for prices and where to purchase. You will also need a Dietz 1470 multimedia interface. This is the link between the Navigation and the external video source.

Q: Can I watch video while driving?
A: Yes, however you will need the module which allows for video in motion. The part required is the Dietz 1280 video in motion module.

Q: Does the RNS-E allow for me to hook up an audio system?
A: Yes you go about adding speakers, subs, and amps just the same as you would with the Symphony II head unit.

Operating Your Navigation

Q: Can I input address while car is in motion?
A: Yes, unlike BMW and other European navigation systems the RNS-E allows for destination input at any point.

Q: Can I plot a stop over while in route to my end destination?
A: Yes the RNS-E allows for stop over stations during route. You can find location on map or input destination by state>town>street.

Q: By having the RNS-E can I now view navigation instructions on the DIS (driver information system) which is located on the dashboard?
A: Yes, unlike the predecessor RNS-D CD based navigation which required the TMC module, the new RNS-E navigation allows for the DIS to show all necessary information such as; street names, directional arrows, ETA, distance to turn with countdown, and miles on current route guidance. The DIS also provides the track info, artist name and song title, and all service information which was previously available with the toggle switch.

Q: Does the navigation system show destinations such as shopping malls, gas stations, police dept. etcetera?
A: Yes the driver has the option to display any or all of the dozens of categories.

The current Audi Navigation Plus utilizes a user friendly design and is a complete OEM option. It offers the user with a DVD navigation interface with the ability to play DVD maps and audio CD’s. Another popular and unique feature on the RNS-E is the SD card bays located behind the motorized LCD screen. The SD card slots, otherwise known as secure digital, provide the operator to save hundreds or even thousands of MP3 files for immediate playback which can also be categorized in folders and sub folders for easy selection and organization. Artist and track names can be easily displayed on the DIS (Driver Information Display) located in your gauge cluster between tachometer and speedometer. You can set ID Tags to your personal preference even if you wish.


The navigation itself operates off of a single NavTeq DVD map which covers all of the continental US and Canada as well as Alaska and Hawaii. It allows for the option of the OEM glove box mounted 6 disc CD changer, Audi Phatbox, and with proper connections, even your Apple iPod. This does not however limit you to just those options. Video game systems, DVD players, and various other audi video equipment is still an option when working with the system. This unit can be retrofitted for direct plug and play if your car is already equipped with the Symphony II head unit with Bose or non-Bose audio system.

2013 RNS-E Audi Navigation Plus West  is available here or 2013 RNS-E Audi Navigation Plus East.