Shortly after hackers discovered a software vulnerability in the Jeep Cherokee’s vehicular mobile applications, Fiat Chrysler issued a recall on more than 1.4 million SUVs in July 2015. While security breaches have not been issued by any other auto manufacturers (as of November 9), the following brief reviews the good and bad on the top selling automaker’s mobile applications.
Car makers, Subaru, Toyota, and Nissan have developed proprietary mobile applications for their top selling models (Forester, Outback, Highlander, Sequoia, Pathfinder, Versa, etc.). These mobile car apps accomplish numerous helpful tasks on the go (sync music; coordinate text messages; dictate driving directions, conduct vehicle diagnostics, etcetera).
Prior to buying any new or used car, remember to conduct a road test, evaluating the automobile’s app–as it would used in a normal driving situation.
Toyota’s Entune (™) Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite allows Toyota drivers the ability to accept calls, surf the Internet and stream music all while traversing Interstate 55 (with both hands planted on the steering wheel).
“Certain mobile car apps call for a paid subscription. while many free automobile apps maintain a location/travel log for diagnostics, and market research,” shares a knowledgeable sales consultant at GMT Auto Sales.
Entune is compatible with most mobile devices. With each oil change, Toyota