On today’s mobile phones, consumers are constantly distracted with content. Personalised radio, online search engines, and mobile applications supply entertainment seamlessly through the phone. Unfortunately, however, the medium through which the content passes distracts someone driving a vehicle. Because of the technological advances Toyota has made over the last couple years, at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Toyota unveiled their Entune software.
The software, specially designed to pair a users cell phone and Entune optimised Toyota vehicle, allows drivers to safely and easily enjoy their favourite media. Whether you want to access your Pandora online radio stations, make a voice recognition driven search, or check when your favourite movie shows, Entune can give it to you. Basically, if you have a Bluetooth enabled phone that supports apps, you can now enjoy those through your Toyota vehicle.
Apps that will be available on Entune when it launches:
- “location-based services, such as personalized traffic, fuel prices, stocks, weather, and sports”
- Talk To Speech for sending and receiving text messages
- XM radio
- HD Radio
- CD player
- USB connectivity
- Bluetooth streaming
When the software and Entune vehicles are released to the public, all consumers will have to do is download the app through the Android Market, the Apple App Store, or other application repository, and then link the phone to his/her vehicle. Entune will only be available on Toyota vehicles, and can be expected on select models this sales year.