For buyers of 2018 Toyota vehicles — starting with the all-new Camry — the answer to that question is Entune 3.0.
The latest generation of Toyota’s in-vehicle multimedia system points to the potential of the company’s recent investments in big data. And they build on the foundation of the Toyota Smart Center (TSC), a global cloud-based platform forged in a partnership with Microsoft that began in 2011.
Sandy Lobenstein, executive vice president of business planning and strategy for Toyota Connected, says all of the new features aim to make Entune 3.0 increasingly simple, seamless and synchronized.
“This is by far the most intuitive and user-friendly version of Entune yet,” says Lobenstein. “It’s the next big step down the path that will lead us to a more fully wired world on wheels.”
Here’s a summary of what’s new.
Navigation for All
The latest maps and route directions are downloaded automatically and stored in the system's cache memory.
Previously, you needed to return to your local dealership periodically to update the maps loaded onto your nav system via hard drive, DVD or SD card. Fewer than 10 percent of current customers actually do that. Entune 3.0, though, connects to the TSC.
- On entry-level models, Entune 3.0 downloads Scout GPS Link with Full Moving Maps, an app supplied by third-party developer Telenav, to your mobile device. Full moving maps and directions are then beamed on your vehicle’s display screen.
- Higher trim levels employ an embedded system that, for the first time, incorporates Dynamic Navigation.
When a conventional search fails to turn up your desired destination, Entune 3.0 offers Destination Assist. Just push a button and you’ll be connected to a live operator who can help you find what you’re looking for, then transmit the details from the call center directly to your vehicle’s nav screen. Meanwhile, your hands remain on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road ahead.
Just Say it*
The new Entune also adds Dynamic Voice Recognition to the mix. It taps into the TSC database to significantly expand the vocabulary of spoken words recognized by the system beyond what’s loaded onto the in-car system. That increases the likelihood that Entune 3.0 will understand what you’re telling it do and respond appropriately.
Through an app on your mobile device, you can start/stop your vehicle’s engine, lock/unlock the doors and set alerts when you give someone else permission to drive your car. So, for example, if your teenager is behind the wheel and exceeds the speed limit, you’ll know — thanks to an alert on your device. Remote Connect allows you to monitor your vehicle’s status and lets you know if you’ve left a door or window open.
The latest version of Entune now includes Service Connect. It provides monthly vehicle health reports, with updates on fuel level, mileage, maintenance alerts and more. In addition, via Service Lane Portal, Toyota will have the ability to see if your vehicle has triggered a maintenance light or malfunction indicator light, prompting your preferred dealer to contact you and suggest making an appointment.
An App for That
The Entune App Suite, previously offered only on models with premium audio systems, is now standard on all 2018 Camrys with Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect. So you can enjoy display-screen access to such services as Pandora, Slacker, iHeart Radio and Yelp, as well as the newly added NPR One.
Premium grades of the new Camry come standard with in-vehicle 4G LTE Wi-Fi powered by Verizon. Up to five of your passengers can stream content to their mobile devices. Did someone say “Road trip!”?
Peace of Mind
Entune exists primarily to make your drives more fun and convenient. But Entune 3.0 also delivers Safety Connect for those times when things don’t go as planned. If an airbag is deployed or if you push an SOS button, the word will get out and help will be dispatched to your location.
*This feature is standard on Entune 3.0 Audio Plus or Premium Audio starting on the 2018 Camry.