Multimedia

It's SYNC or sink...

Posted by: Jackie Carey

Not to get all philosophical on a Thursday, but sometimes life forces us into action.  Really, we can’t have our cake and eat it too.  When that mean lady at the post office gives us the eye, our instincts kick in and we think: fight or flight? (Flight!) And when we find ourselves in over our heads facing new challenges, really, we can either sink or we can swim on and rise to the occasion.  Actually, for the auto manufacturers of the U.S., I guess really, the choice is more like SYNC or sink.  

A few years ago, Ford launched its new in-car connectivity system that gave drivers the ability to access mobile devices and driver assistance using just their voice.  With SYNC technology, Ford created a new wave of in-demand features that helped integrate our increasingly mobile lifestyles with vehicle design. Naturally, matching the ease and functionally of SYNC is high on the list of manufacturers.  

So today’s news from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, while very exciting, should really come as no surprise. Both Toyota and Hyundai have launched programs meant to rival Ford’s SYNC. These programs—Entune from Toyota and Blue Link from Hyundai—are great news for those of us who struggle to keep our hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while our phones, mp3 players and GPS navigators are just begging for our attention.

Entune, according to Toyota, leverages the customer’s mobile phone to create a rich in-vehicle experience that offers fully integrated and upgradeable entertainment, navigation and information services.  In fact, by using conversational voice recognition and in-vehicle controls, drivers can expect to stay safer and have a fun batch of new features to play with. 

EnTune   Ready

Straight from the horse’s mouth, Toyota Entune will be available as an option on select models this year. The featured apps of Toyota Entune include:  Bing, iheartradio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable.com, and Pandora, as well as location-based services, such as personalized traffic, fuel prices, stocks, weather, and sports.  Toyota Entune also includes support for read-back and replay capabilities for text messages.  These are combined with a fully featured entertainment and communication system, which includes XM radio, HD Radio, CD player, USB connectivity, Bluetooth streaming and phonebook.  A high quality JBL sound system is available as an option as well.

Similarly, Hyundai is set to challenge the conventional wisdom in the auto category with Blue Link, its all-new telematics platform.  Hyundai’s in-vehicle infotainment system makes new, thoughtful features, enhanced ease-of-use and intelligent packaging options more accessible.  

According to Barry Ratzlaff, director of customer satisfaction and service business development at Hyundai Motor America, "We've studied how drivers rely on smart phones and navigation systems as a link to the outside world. Blue Link brings that connectivity to the car with technology like voice texting and POI download, turn-by-turn navigation, and vehicle health reporting. In typical Hyundai fashion, we've developed package options that are both thoughtful and cost-effective."  

Blue Link   Ready

Look for Blue Link this spring on the popular Sonata sedan (standard).  Hyundai, while expecting Blue Link to be available across a majority of models by 2013, will also announce a second Blue-Link equipped, youth-focused model shortly—to be available to consumers before summer.  

And, wait! More good news!  You don’t have to start saving up your pennies before you can get into a Hyundai or Toyota to try out all this new technology.  Stop by the Chicago Auto Show in February—both Entune and Blue Link will be available on display vehicles for you to test out.  In fact, I suggest stopping by our Facebook page once in while.  We’ve been know to give away a ticket or two… 

« Last Post Next Post »

View all Posts from this Blog

Follow Us Socially Using #CAS15

Blog

More

Wednesday, June, 17, 2015

Honda Pilot Officially on Sale Tomorrow

Attention all SUV lovers: First debuted at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot officially goes ...

Friday, June, 05, 2015

Getting Your Car Summer-Ready

Summer is finally here! That means sunshine, beautiful weather (hopefully), outdoor activities, road trips and time ...

Tuesday, May, 26, 2015

Android Auto Now Available in 2015 Hyundai Sonata

As an update to a previous blog post , Hyundai is now officially the first car manufacturer to launch Android Auto ...

Friday, May, 22, 2015

Racing's Greatest Weekend!

If you are a speed freak, you've been waiting for this weekend all year. It's one of the few times you can ...

Wednesday, May, 20, 2015

What You Need to Know about the Takata Recall

To help clear up any misinformation that’s been circulating the Internet, we’ve compiled facts below on ...

Friday, May, 15, 2015

A Rally and a Street Legal Racecar

Earlier this week automakers and journalists once again descended on Elkhart Lake, WI, which has become home to the ...

Thursday, May, 14, 2015

Two days in paradise -- for a motorhead!

The 14th annual Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) Spring Rally was held this past Tuesday and Wednesday ...

Tuesday, May, 05, 2015

Mazda Drive for Good

With so much negativity in the news, it’s refreshing to hear about those who contribute – both ...

Thursday, April, 23, 2015

Mazda Rallies in Grant Park to Prevent Distracted Driving

To celebrate Global Youth Service Day and bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, the Mazda ...

Wednesday, April, 22, 2015

Toyota's Mirai Fueled by ... ahem ... Bullsh*t

Though you can't yet buy the hybrogen-powered Mirai sedan in Illinois, Toyota is starting a national marketing ...

More

7/2/2015 2:33:01 PM

The Chicago Auto Show Changed their cover photo.

7/2/2015 1:01:50 PM

We are honored to sponsor the The Chicago Auto Show social media contest for the BBQ for the Troops initiative. Head over to DriveChicago and enter for your chance to win a barbecue hosted by our very own Jeff Shapiro for you and 50 of your friends

7/2/2015 10:03:02 AM

We love looking back on past auto shows, so this #ThrowbackThursday is dedicated to these awesome Ford race cars at the 2000 Chicago Auto Show! #FordRacing

7/1/2015 3:46:23 PM

We're extremely excited to announce the Ultimate Backyard BBQ Contest! Head over to DriveChicago and share why you're passionate about supporting our troops and you could win a catered BBQ lunch from Real Urban Barbecue for 50 of your friends...well, make that 49 because a Chicago Blackhawksambassador is coming to crash the party! Also Big Green Egg Chicago will leave behind a brand new grill. Enter here now and share with friends to vote for your entry!: http://bit.ly/1JwVE9P

7/1/2015 9:31:03 AM

Want to host your very own Ultimate Backyard BBQ for the Troops, including a private cooking demo from Real Urban Barbecue’s chef, sample taste bud tantalizing BBQ, win a Big Green Egg grill and even mingle with a Chicago Blackhawks ambassador? Starting July 1, share why you’re passionate about supporting the troops with #BBQ4Troops. Stay tuned for more details

7/1/2015 8:34:28 AM

Stay tuned for more details later today for how you can win the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue all in support of our local troops! #BBQ4Trooos

6/29/2015 10:13:03 AM

Watching this video gets us even more excited for #CAS16! It can’t come soon enough! http://bit.ly/1LymleY

6/27/2015 9:21:04 AM

Want to host your very own Ultimate Backyard BBQ for the Troops, including a private cooking demo from Real Urban Barbecue’s chef, sample taste bud tantalizing BBQ, win a Big Green Egg grill and even mingle with a Chicago Blackhawks ambassador? Starting July 1, share why you’re passionate about supporting the troops with #BBQ4Troops. Stay tuned for more details

6/26/2015 2:26:44 PM

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, July 18! Chicagoland car dealers are on a summertime mission to help raise money for the USO of Illinois and our local troops! Visit www.DriveChicago.com for more details. #BBQ4Troops

6/25/2015 11:37:08 AM

#ThrowbackThursday! Looking at old car models brings back so many memories. We want to know, what was your first car? #BlastFromThePast #DeLorean

More

7/2/2015 11:11:57 PM

RT @FordAutoShows: Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld ht…

7/2/2015 2:45:01 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: This month, visit your dealership’s service dept. & dump your loose cup holder change to support local troops! #BBQ4Troops

7/2/2015 2:41:27 PM

RT @ChiAutoShow: This month, visit your dealership’s service dept. & dump your loose cup holder change to support local troops! #BBQ4Troops

7/2/2015 2:40:01 PM

This month, visit your dealership’s service dept. & dump your loose cup holder change to support local troops! #BBQ4Troops

7/2/2015 1:37:10 PM

@FordAutoShows @JurassicPark @ChiAutoShow @Ford Does #JurassicWorld have a 2016 Explorer?

7/2/2015 12:43:24 PM

RT @FordAutoShows: Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld ht…

7/2/2015 12:36:05 PM

RT @FordAutoShows: Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld ht…

7/2/2015 12:34:07 PM

RT @FordAutoShows: Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld ht…

7/2/2015 12:33:01 PM

Let's head back to '94 on #throwbackthursday w/ the @JurassicPark #FordExplorer from the @ChiAutoShow! #JurassicWorld http://t.co/inKrTvODV6

7/2/2015 11:43:41 AM

@ChiAutoShow Did u know about the 1st Women's Equality Exhibit in #Chicago? Only 6% funded. http://t.co/f4lESAqrhP #CampaignEquality