Toyota’s Entune system delivers a list of Bing search results for local businesses right to the car’s navigation system.
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Traffic data, fuel prices, weather, and even streaming music make for great connected car features, but Internet-based local search has gotten surprisingly short shrift from automakers.
In my opinion, local search is the killer feature you probably don’t have.
Whether from Google, Bing, or another search engine, Internet-based local search integrated with a car’s navigation system can help you find everything from hamburgers to hair salons.
Only a few automakers offer local search. When I recently reviewed a BMW 750Li, I found Google search among its BMW Online services. Audi also offers Google integrated with the navigation system in cars such as the A6, not surprising as the navigation system itself uses Google Earth maps.
Toyota includes Bing local search as part of its Entune system, which runs through a smartphone app. [Read More]
Episode 13, Blow then start: The future of alcohol & driving.
We have the best from the Geneva auto show in this episode, including LaFerrari, Lamborghini’s Veneno, and the Corvette Stingray convertible.
Our Car Tech 101 explains “connected cars,” which is a term that has come to mean a lot of things. You’ll understand them all.
Cooley blows hard into the current in-car booze detectors, but then shows you… [Read more]