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 pillars as the foundation of its Uconnect system. The goal of the system is to provide drivers with a variety of ways to connect to, quickly access and easily control the information they want and need while keeping them focused on the primary driving task. The total-cockpit approach of Chrysler’s current and next-generation Uconnect systems enhance the vehicles’ interior design by integrating large, intuitive icons or visual cues along the bottom of the touchscreen radio display and combining them with traditional knobs and buttons, steering wheel controls and voice-recognition technology. Therefore, consumers can easily access key system features using the method that is most comfortable for them. By taking this approach, drivers are able to adapt to the interior technology at their own pace and receive the information that matters most to them, while remaining focused on the road.” – Marios Zenios, Vice President-Uconnect Systems and Services, Chrysler
“It’s been a year since our initial launch, and Entune continues to be industry-leading in terms of interactivity, ease-of-use and rich content. We’ve continued to grow Entune?s availability within our model lineup over the last year, with 16 vehicles now providing unique entertainment and information to our customers. Among models are some of our newest and most popular, including the Camry and Camry Hybrid, and the entire Prius family: Prius, Prius c, Prius v and the Plug-in. Mobile technology, search and social interaction continue to grow at an unprecedented pace and vehicle telematics are an integral part of that growth. Our goal is to constantly strive to be at the leading-edge of mobile and digital technology, ultimately providing our customers with a best-in-class experience that will help to make their lives easier.” -Jon Bucci, Vice President, Advanced Technology Department, Toyota