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Toyota plans car social networking, demos Entune phone link

updated 01:20 pm EDT, Mon May 23, 2011

Toyota, Salesforce team on social as Entune shown

Toyota and Salesforce on Monday teamed up on a social network for cars. Nicknamed Toyota Friend, it would put out micro updates similar to Twitter either between fellow drivers or even updates from a car. An electric or plug-in hybrid car could automatically post when it's low on battery, Toyota gave as one example.

The service will go live sometime in 2012 and will start off in Japan with electrics and plug-ins. Other countries and other engine types would come later.

In sync with the social component, Toyota has given a 16-minute demo of its new Entune in-car system. The run-through by Robert Scoble showed off the core Bing searching, including maps, as well as iheartradio streaming and booking movie tickets or a restaurant through and OpenTable.

Similar to Google Maps, drivers can push destinations to and from an official smartphone app that links to all of the core services.

The feature will initially be available on the Prius V hybrid and will focus primarily on Android and iPhone at first, though BlackBerry and basic feature phones are coming as well. Windows Phone 7 is a "high priority" but is waiting on certain feature support, likely in the Mango update, before it can happen.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    yeah that's just what we need, people tweeting and looking up sh&t while they are driving.

    oh right, they do it anyway. Might as well make it official.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Excellent! (NOT!)

    Now I can get ads delivered to me in my car on a nicer screen!

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i would like this technology better

    if they designed the screen so that it could not be read by someone sitting in the driver's seat.

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Yea, but........ windows

    From what I have read here and earlier, Toyota is looking to run with Windows software, like the Ford thingie.

    Microsoft on Toyota...... Just what do these duffus idiots think.... think....... oh, that explains it. They are not thinking. Win Phone 7????? Ouch. Just ouch.

    Just a thought,

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    just think how much buzz an automaker would get if they rolled out a model based on APPLE technology, not Microsuck.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    while they are at it...

    please add Blu-Ray DVD movies in 3D. I want an incoming gun bullet pops on my face while I am driving.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yes, there'd be thousands of people standing in line outside toyota dealerships nationwide waiting to be able to be the first to buy their own iPrius.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    But it would never work out. Before anyone could license anything from Apple, Apple would insist on design control. And then they'd start looking at the car and explaining how all those displays are just confusing. People don't need a tachometer or temperature gauges. Just a simple MPH display.

    And then you've got to get rid of all those dials and k**** and such. All that stuff sticking out of the steering column is distracting. Get rid of it. Use ambient sensors for the lights. Touch sensors on the steering wheel for left and right turn signals.

    But then you get into those nasty foot controls. TWO pedals? Are you kidding me? You only need one. Press on the left side of the pedal to brake. On the right side to accelerate. So much easier.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    jesus christ STFU testudo

    if Apple had been in charge of designing American autos, it's a good bet the Japanese wouldn't be eating their lunch day in and day out.

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