Harman to Power New Toyota Infotainment System

Harman to Power New Toyota Infotainment System
Car infotainment maker HARMAN said today that it will unveil a new automotive multimedia system in cooperation with automaker Toyota. The Toyota Entune multimedia system will be previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas.

The solution will be first offered on select Toyota vehicles beginning later this year. The new system complements HARMAN’s long-standing relationship in providing audio systems from its JBL brand to Toyota.

“The Entune system’s powerful, scalable architecture is a first for the automotive industry,” said Sachin Lawande, HARMAN Chief Technology Officer and Co-President Automotive. “Now, Toyota drivers will have the opportunity to update their in-dash multimedia system much as they would a smart phone. Direct integration with web-based platforms such as Microsoft Bing search will add real-time content to the navigation experience, and field upgradeability will allow users to add new applications as they become available over time.”

A variety of online mobile applications, ranging from Bing point-of-interest (POI) searches to MovieTickets.com to OpenTable.com restaurant reservations will provide drivers with personalized information. Additional Entune features include real-time traffic, news, sports, stocks, weather and fuel prices.

Entune also builds on Safety Connect™, Toyota’s telematics system that provides Automatic Collision notification, Stolen Vehicle Location, Emergency Assistance and Roadside Assistance on select Toyota models.

Watch below Toyota's trailer:

Tuesday, January 4th 2011

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