Monday, March 2, 2009

Toyota Goes Genuinely Hands-Free

Toyota drivers can enjoy safer mobile phone communication on the road with the new Toyota Genuine BluetoothTM* hands-free kit. Toyota’s new hands-free kit connects wirelessly to BluetoothTM-enabled mobile phones so drivers can have phone conversations conveniently and without breaking the road rules.

Across Australia, police actively target illegal mobile phone use with penalties of fines and demerit points for offenders.

It should be noted that it is illegal for Learner and Provisional 1 drivers in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory to use mobile phones while driving - even via hands-free or loud speaker.

According to state and territory road and transport authorities, hand-held phone usage while driving can lead to slower reaction times and lack of awareness of incidents on the road, poor steering, and slower and erratic driving.

The Toyota Genuine hands-free kit with easy-to-use and logical communication functions helps to minimise driver distraction while initiating and answering calls.

It is of course still important that drivers focus on the road while driving their vehicles.

Toyota BluetoothTM hands-free kit

Large, simple buttons are identified by icons similar to those on a mobile phone, and the keypad is softly backlit for use in the dark.

The central button activates voice recognition, so drivers’ hands can stay on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.

As the driver enters or exits the vehicle, conversation is seamlessly transferred between the mobile phone and in-car hands-free BluetoothTM.

Measuring 3.2cm by 6.3cm, the kit is a discrete addition to the vehicle interior and can be mounted in a variety of places within convenient reach of the driver.

Integration with the vehicle audio system guarantees high sound quality, with music and radio automatically muted during calls.

The Toyota Genuine BluetoothTM hands-free kit is available on Camry, Aurion, HiLux, RAV4, Yaris and new Corolla.

iDrive for 2009 BMW M3, M5 and M6

BMW iDriveFor all 2009 BMW M3, M5 and M6 from autumn 2008, the new generation iDRIVE will be available. Standard on all M5 and M6 variants, iDRIVE control system comes with the M3, in conjunction with an optional navigation system [...]

The system uses a new controller wheel surrounded by preference keys on the centre console surface. With the optional Professional navigation system you get 8.8-inch display with a four times greater resolution (1280 x 480 pixels) to display high-resolution graphics and a new menu structure.

The navigation datas are stored on a 80 GB hard drive, however, the drive can also be used to store files ripped from a CD, an MP3 player or an external USB drive and transferred to the hard disk, after which music files are accessible at all times.

Also starting for the model year 2009, the range of accessories includes a new snap-in adapter for the full integration of the latest smartphones, including Apple iPhone, into the vehicle and an optional USB board will be available.