• Apr 27, 2011
Toyota Entune inside the 2012 Prius V – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Toyota will be launching its new Entune infotainment system later this year – a product that pairs with a customer's Internet- and Bluetooth-equipped smartphone to bring a host of applications right into the car's navigation screen. Entune is the Japanese automaker's answer to Ford's SYNC system, and we recently had the chance to get a first-hand look at Toyota's latest creation inside of the upcoming 2012 Prius V.

Entune made its official debut at CES back in January, combining functional apps like Bing search and real-time XM information (traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports and stocks) with entertainment features like Pandora and iHeartRadio. What's more, Entune adds restaurant booking capability via OpenTable and allows you to research movie times through MovieTickets.com. Of course, there's a slate of safety features like collision notification and roadside assistance, similar to those found in Lexus' Enform system.

We sat down inside the 2012 Prius V with Toyota's corporate manager for advanced technology, Jim Pisz, to see exactly how Entune works. Pisz tells us that the Prius V will be the first Toyota vehicle to feature Entune, but that we will likely see it spread to higher-volume models like the Camry and Tacoma by the end of the year.

In all, Entune looks to be a pretty slick system. The touch-screen display is easy to navigate, though it isn't as visually appealing as the Blue Oval's MyFord Touch. See a full walk-through of Entune for yourself in the video after the jump. As an added bonus, click here to see an Entune hands-on from our friends at Engadget, as well.

Editor's Note: Because Entune pairs to a smartphone, if there's a lengthy loss of signal at any time, that will cause Entune to become temporarily unresponsive. This happened during our preview outside of New York's Plaza Hotel, and thus, the video begins after Pisz restarted the system.



[Lead image: Steven J. Ewing/AOL]



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      torqued
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just let me dock my iphone / android / winphone directly into the head unit and use the phone's screen to do all of that. I feel like an aftermarket head unit manufacturer would make a killing if they offered this, and it seems pretty easy. All you need is an adapter to fit a couple of the most common phones.
        gvblake22
        • 3 Years Ago
        @torqued
        Exactly what I was thinking. Or even if they were able to clone the screen so it was bigger and easier to read at arm's length, at least the menu navigation system would be familiar.
      MasterAustin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would hope there's also steering wheel controls for these functions, its too tedious having to touch the screen for every command. Seems quite a bit slower than Sync or MyFordTouch.
        Renaurd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MasterAustin
        It's very slow, my neighbor bought a Prius this week, he complained immediately on the slowness.
      Ferris Macau
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yikes, it's slow and graphic interface look old and 5 years behind.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      They really need to speed up the system. When your in a hurry and the car takes 7 seconds just to execute a simple command it's pretty easy for you to lose your cool and regret the 1500-2000 grand you spent on the system. Also, when tech blogs review this things it's not gonna get great reviews because of it's slowness.
        sysadm1n
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        I have a feeling the response times depend more on the quality of your data connection between your phone and wireless carrier than it does the Entune system. Entune is more of a front-end GUI than anything, but of course that doesn't mean Entune itself can't be improved.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      What does this in car internet cost? The plan for a smart phone averages $70.00. Is it going to cost another $70.00 to use the in car internet?
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Automakers don't get it. Why are they trying to duplicate all the functionality of a smartphone in their dash? If someone is willing to dish out the money for one of these systems, they probably already have a smartphone, which they carry with them everywhere they go. And frankly, it is much easier to type on a handheld device then a dash mounted screen. So instead of adding apps to the dashboard, automakers should instead focus on making the information on the phone easier to read. I should be able to get in my car, plug in my phone, hit Pandora on the phone, and have the info displayed on the screen. Even better, I could load Pandora while walking to the car and as soon as I plugged it in the car radio started playing it with no input from the user. If I want to use Open Table, I do so on my phone. Then my phone sends the address to the car, and the car displays the map/directions.
        SL1975
        • 3 Years Ago
        @axiomatik
        Actually that is exactly what this system does. I picked up a 2012 Camry this week and have been using the Entune system for a few days. Entune is simply an interface with what is on your phone.
      RSS007
      • 3 Years Ago
      " Wow. I can go on the internet and also buy tickets while driving?? Awesome. Now I my Toyota will really never stop!" How much media does a Toyota driver need?
      Lars
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is bullshit. A keyboard. A keyboard. And if that doesn't work then you can yell at this ATM and hope that works? It finds ClearChannel radio stations all across the US? That's the problem. ClearChannel radio stations are found all across the US. When the market for automobiles you must drive yourself dries up, at least try to act surprised.
      turbo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, it can certainly do a great many things, but that 5-8 seconds that it takes to think about each command before it actually executes it is a deal-breaker.
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