Five infotainment features every new car should have
Everything you need to know about infotainment and car connectivity.
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The choice and sophistication of vehicle multimedia and infotainment systems have exploded in recent years and car makers are upping the ante with every new model they launch.
In fact many buyers now prioritise infotainment functionality over other factors such as comfort features or a car’s power and torque output. Any car-maker that lags behind in this area does so at its peril.
Every major automotive group in the world has developed its own version of an infotainment system – some in-house and others in collaboration with tech companies – with varying degrees of success.
Both Apple and Google have also developed automotive products based on their iPhone and Android operating systems.
Infotainment (information and entertainment) refers to a combination of various vehicle systems and functions, operated via a central screen that sits somewhere near the top of the car’s dash.
Key features of any infotainment system include phone connectivity for calls and messaging, audio and entertainment functions including radio and media streaming, apps, system settings and in some cases satellite navigation.
Wrapping your head around an infotainment system can be overwhelming as each brand’s offering differs. Given there are more than 60 automotive brands vying for your attention in Australia, we’ve detailed some of the functions you’re likely to find in most infotainment systems, rather than diving into each specific brand. Let’s start with where it’s housed.