Toyota said it will offer HD Radio technology with iTunes Tagging in the 2012 Camry model. The new vehicle will arrive at dealerships in October.
HD Radio is included as a factory-installed audio option on two models, the XLE and SE V6. It’s included as part of a multimedia system that includes navigation and Toyota’s new Entune Multimedia System. Camry will be one of the first Toyotas to offer Entune, which includes iheartradio, Pandora and Sirius XM.
The Entune system includes a 6.1-in. touchscreen, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, six speakers, auxiliary audio jack, USB port with iPod connectivity and control, vehicle information, hands-free phone capability, phonebook access, advanced voice recognition, text-to-speech, and music streaming via Bluetooth wireless technology. A 90-day trial subscription to the “XM Select Package” is included.
Toyota says the Entune system uses the smartphone to provide a better in-vehicle experience with access to navigation, entertainment and information services. After downloading a mobile app and using a Bluetooth-capable phone with a Toyota vehicle, the user can access navigation, entertainment and navigation services, plus personalized content.
Featured apps on Toyota Entune include Bing, iheartradio, MovieTickets.com, OpenTable.com and Pandora, as well as location-based services (personalized traffic, fuel prices, stocks, weather and sports). Toyota Entune also includes support for read-back and replay capabilities for text messages.
The Entune option offers a split-screen feature that allows for simultaneous display of navigation and audio information.
Toyota is offering six model grades of the 2012 Camry and Camry Hybrid.
IBiquity Digital says19 automotive brands have announced that HD Radio technology is or will be available as a factory installed feature. They include Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Mini USA, Rolls-Royce, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.