Toyota’s new infotainment system centers around the Nexus 7

August 20, 2014

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While Android integration has already started to make its way into modern-day automobiles, the next step forward is Android Auto, which should start surfacing in model year 2015 vehicles later this year and into next year. We’re already seeing quite a few companies through their weight behind the effort, but it seems that Toyota has something completely different in mind — at least in Taiwan.

Partnering with Asus-owned Unimax, Toyota has announced the “Toyota Intelligent System”, which essentially brings a dockable Nexus 7 to select vehicles. The idea is that ‘smart’ infotainment systems are useful, but also tend to go obsolete long before you’re ready to upgrade to a new car. With the TIS, the heart of your experience is within a replaceable tablet. Today it’s the Nexus 7, but in the future Toyota and Unimax could make another newer tablet compatible with the system, provided it has the same overall dimensions.

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Keep in mind this isn’t just a stock Nexus 7, as it appears the interface has been customized to better fit the in-car experience. That means GPS apps, multimedia controls and more. The standard stock experience is fully there when undocked from the TIS, however. But what if you take the tablet out of the car and forget to put it back in? The TIS will still provide ‘basic’ functions (radio, etc) even without the tablet docked. It’s also worth noting that the system comes with NFC to temporarily pair other devices (like your phone) with the audio system.

Now it’s worth mentioning that this system has only been announced for Taiwan and it is unclear if or when they’ll be introducing the system to other markets. Toyota has also yet to highlight which of their vehicles will come equipped with the technology.

TIS is certainly an interesting take on in-car Android integration, but is it the right solution for consumers? Only time will tell for sure. What do you think, like the idea of Tis or do you feel Android Auto (or another system) is a better fit?

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  • Happy

    We already have our devices – tablets, phones, etc. Just make a slot where we can click them in.

    • Mike Reid

      No, they want to sell new cars and their own customized devices.

      >only been announced for Taiwan

      That sounds like “Test Market”.

    • thartist

      Ooooooor make a f#cking app that authenticates against your car via NFC, Bluetooth or whatever, and let’s you control your vehicle. Boom! Money rains!

  • Andrew T Roach

    I worry for the future of humanity when we are so lazy that we need rear cameras so we don’t have to turn our heads.

    • Dennis

      Rear cameras nothing about being lazy, it’s about not being able to see what you can’t see while looking. ie: a small child.

      • DLD511

        He meant like walking down the street and google glass looks behind us for us without us moving our head. Not in the car with rear cameras.

        • Dennis

          Okay my bad

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    • BoneStamp

      Rearview cameras have been proven to reduce pedestrian related accidents. That’s why they’re required standard equipment for 2015. I worry for a future where we don’t standardize cheap equipment that can save lives.

  • Shark Bait

    Pretty much what I want in my car, don’t fancy a Toyota though

  • systemupdate

    She was using an iPhone with Nexus 7. I guess deliberate!

  • wezi427

    I bet theft from autos will go up if it’s a removable tablet.

  • crutchcorn

    I was actually thinking about doing this myself. What’s there to stop someone from doing this, making an app, and having accessories like a backup camera and stuff that work with the app.

    • BoneStamp

      Not much stopping you really. You can even interface with a lot of vehicle data fairly easily.

      • crutchcorn

        Exactly what I was saying.

  • nb

    I have been waiting for this for years. If I have my moto x, I want to slide it in. If I have my nexus 7, I might want to slide that in.

    My Camry is 1999 which means I’ll probably need to upgrade.

  • abba

    What a bunch of crap???? Is this like an intern project at Toyota? Is toyota so frugal to make something on their own???

    • flea

      I think it’s a genius move. So many people already have smartphones/tablets that stream music and videos, plus the slew of car-specific apps such as Waze (navigation) and Torque (real-time vehicle data).

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  • makkyun

    I find it weird that at 0:58 the girl has an iPhone in her hand.