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NHTSA Begins Distracted Driving Hearings – Will Automakers Listen?

The new your vehicle’s dashboard is an entertainment smorgasbord and texting while driving trend is coming under scrutiny from the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration that is beginning three days of hearings. The NHTSA is working on finalizing “voluntary” guidelines, will automakers pay attention?

NHTSA Begins Distracted Driving Hearings

NHTSA will begin a series of distracted driving hearings aimed at establishing guidelines. The big question though is will auto manufactures listen?

Toyota’s Technology Car of the Future – Fun Vii

Is it a car, a futuristic video game, or a really weird internet cafe? Whatever it is (it’s a car), at the very least the Vii is a mechanical interpretation of the how Toyota is using technology to change how we drive.

Toyota Fun Vii Technology Car

What the heck is it? It's a fun concept vehicle, Toyota Fun Vii, that's full of technological innovations.

Toyota Entune System – Preliminary Review

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota announced a new in-car electronics system called Entune that seems to be very similar to Ford’s “Sync” system. While we have yet to actually use Entune, the system might best be described as a smart phone or tablet PC that’s built into your Toyota. It features a large touch screen, a number of built-in applications, and the ability to connect to the Internet by tethering itself to the driver’s smart phone.

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How it Works: Entune connects your car to the Internet using your smart phone. You install a special Entune app on your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android-powered phone, and then you use Bluetooth to connect your phone to your car. As long as your phone is on and the Entune app on your phone is active, Entune will be fully functional.

Needless to say, if you don’t have a smart phone with a data plan, Entune might not be useful to you.

Entune Features Include: