13. Infiniti M Sedan
With a design inspired by nature, the luxury sedan features a Forest Air system that generates a soothing breeze and a range of fragrant scents one which is set to combat fatigue. There’s a 16-speaker Bose sound system that supports Bluetooth streaming and can even be controlled via voice commands with Active Noise Control to deliver the balanced, rich sound throughout the car. Cutting-edge safety tech includes Blind Spot Warning and the innovative Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems that will assist you if you veer slightly out of your lane.
14. Dodge Charger 2012 with Beats By Dre Audio
Anyone eyeing up this years Dodge Charger should be salivating at the knowledge that the 2012 range comes with an 11-speaker Beats by Dre audio system pre-installed. These speakers are driven by a 12 channel amplifier, whilst the head unit carries digital audio sources such as iPod integration, Bluetooth audio streaming and a USB port. The dashboard also features a nice 8.3-inch display with navigation controls. Although it doesn't feature a lot of the tech in other cars this year, you won't really care, because you'll be too busy enjoying your Dre-inspired tunes.
15. Fiat Blue Me
Fiat's frills-free Blue&Me does exactly what it says on the tin. The basics amount to little more than Bluetooth connectivity, media playback, voice control and a USB port. But the sum is so much greater than the parts. Thanks to partnerships with companies like Microsoft and TomTom, Blue&Me offers top-notch navigation for sensible money, support for easy end-user upgrades and even app installation. Blue&Me also offers excellent iPhone and iPod connectivity, syncs effortlessly with most smartphones and plays music slickly via Bluetooth or USB. Simple, elegant and free from gimmicks, Blue&Me is Fiat at its best and a perfect match for the fiesty 500.
16. Volkswagen Maps & More
Maps & More is a removable Portable Infotainment Device (PID), developed in association with Navigon specifically for the Volkswagen Up!. To the uneducated eye it looks like a basic satnav, but it’s fully integrated into the Up!’s systems meaning you can control everything from tunes to telematic tech such as ParkPilot's distance control. And it hooks up to your mobile. And it’s just £275 at entry level. And... you want more?! Alright, well Volkswagen is planning to release a range of apps for the pint-sized prodigy this year.
17. Chevrolet MyLink
Chevrolet already uses OnStar safety and security systems in their cars and MyLink is an expansion to this onboard package. MyLink is very media-based and features Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio as well as full wireless connectivity with MP3 players and smartphones. This includes the ability to give simple voice commands to your connected device via a simple tap on a steering wheel button. Thanks to Chevrolet’s own OnStar RemoteLinkapp you can also check up on your car from anywhere via your phone.
18. Ford SYNC & MyTouch
The goal with Ford’s MyTouch infotainment package was to make a system that could be used comprehensively without the need for the driver to ever take their concentration off the road. Bluetooth support for smartphones means you can play music, send SMS messages and make phone calls without having to take your device out of your pocket. MyTouch also features the more common 3D navigation, climate control and a multitude of diagnostic tools, as well as full voice-recognition controls and straightforward 5-way controls on the steering wheel to operate the centre console. The latest MyTouch update now adds something called 'Scout' which tells you when you are close to a traffic jam and how long is left of your journey. So you can easily answer the kids when the ask 'are we there yet?'
19. Land Rover 'Say What You See'
The Range Rover Evoque contains much of the infotainment technology that is becoming common in cars today. The 8-inch touch screen acts as a hub for accessing your Bluetooth connected MP3 and Smartphone devices, as well as the usual climate control, DAB Digital Radio as well as a HDD Navigation System should you choose to have it. One interesting, though optional, part of this onboard system is the ‘Say What You See’ (SWYS) feature. This is Range Rover’s answer to voice recognition and control, however the system is intuitive as it learns from your past behaviour as well as adapting to recognise the accents of multiple drivers.
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