Cars are more than cars these days. They are computers on wheels. If you’re looking into buying a new one, you should consider the technology inside. I’m guessing that the readers of this blog probably like their gadgets and buttons (I know I do) when it comes to the inside of their car, so, since I couldn’t easily find very good information about the various in-car entertainment systems I asked people from Ford, Chrysler and Toyota to tell me what makes their system unique. This article will give you a glimpse into the world of in-car entertainment systems that come factory-installed. See, that’s why you read this blog… I connect you directly to the source!
I have personally used SYNC, and it seemed pretty cool (it was in a rental car). I haven’t used either the Uconnect or Entune system yet, but from the descriptions/photos/videos, I’m liking the Entune system the best at this point. Actually, let me revise that statement… there are compelling things about each system. One thing they could all work on is the user interface/design… maybe Apple can take over this market sometime in the future (doubtful).
Have you used any of these systems (or another system that isn’t listed here)? If so, leave us a comment and let us know what you think!
“Ford SYNC was developed as a response to the growing trend in mobile technology providing drivers with a safer, smarter, and simpler way to connect and use their favorite devices inside of the car. The reason why SYNC has been successful is because of the flexibility of our agnostic platform approach, thanks to our partner Microsoft, which only embeds software in the car and thus leverages the mobile device to do most of the work through a Bluetooth or USB connection. It allows us to move at the pace of the customer. Therefore, owners can use most any phone or operating system (iOS, Android, RIM, Win), and as they upgrade to a new phone, or network speeds improve, or new apps are developed, SYNC is able to take advantage. And the best part is that SYNC is not subscription-based, because nobody needs more monthly bills hitting their mailbox!” – Alan Hall, Technology Communications Manager, Ford
“Chrysler’s Uconnect System has received accolades from the automotive and consumer electronics industry for its speed, accuracy and ease-of-use. Chrysler established these three ...