Top 10 Car Infotainment Systems. Touch screen in a car
What are the best infotainment systems?
Oddly enough, when deciding to buy a new car, many of us are guided more often than not by technical specifications, but whether there are modern digital gadgets in the car. For many of us, the presence of an infotainment system has an important influence on the purchase of a car. We want a high-quality system for controlling the functions of the car, which responds well to our touch and also want the controls to be intuitive.
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Our Internet publication has studied the many infotainment systems currently offered by car manufacturers in order to identify the best of them. Before proceeding to the review of entertainment systems, we would like to note that in our rating we did not include the Tesla S car with its 17-inch screen and excellent control. The reason is simple. This car is affordable to have for a small amount of people, and this brand occupies a limited niche in the car market.
Nevertheless, we were obliged to note the information system of the car, since it works efficiently. Management is carried out by the touch screen. The menu is easy to use. An internet browser is built into the control system.
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True, at first glance at the Tesla screen, it is somewhat discouraging by the amount of various data, menus and submenus. But with careful viewing, everything becomes clear and logical. It’s a pity that the proprietary information system on Tesla’s cars is not available on most vehicles on the market.
Uconnect (Chrysler, Dodge, Maserati and Jeep)
Without a doubt, this is the best infotainment system in today’s car market. The system screen has bright and clear visual effects. The screen has a high-quality touch response. Convenient navigation program. The system also allows you to create a Wi-Fi access point. The new Jeep and Chrysler models also install a special application that connects the car with your smartphone, with which you can lock and unlock the car alarm, remotely start the engine. This application also allows you to use your phone and the Internet to listen to network radio on the car audio system.
True, there is one minus. This is a screen resolution of 640 x 480, which does not allow you to clearly display small details. But against the background of an intuitive interface, fast data loading and tactile clarity of the touch screen, this seems like a trifle.
The iDrive system appeared back in 2001. Unfortunately, the first versions were terrible and worked very poorly. But every year the system improved and improved. Now, after 12 years, we consider the infotainment system as one of the best on the market. According to users and experts, this is exactly how the automotive information system should work. The main feature of this system is the ability to customize the screen for segmented display. That is, together with the map of the navigation system, you can configure the display of the news of your favorite media on the same screen.
The IDrive system is ergonomic and intuitive. The system control button is located in a convenient location next to the gear shift knob. In the latest versions of the system, BMW has installed a new BMW ConnectedDrive integration, with which you can access your favorite social networks on the Internet and even access to e-mail.
The screen has a resolution of 1280 × 480 pixels. The visibility is impressive. 3D maps are characterized by smooth sliding animation. IDrive looks like a premium system, like Apple products.
- Mercedes COMAND
COMAND cannot boast of a beautiful artistic display of information on the screen, like other similar systems in our rating. But the system works very well and is easy to use.
This year, Mercedes updated the COMAND system in C-Class and S-Class cars, adding more beautiful animations and new graphics effects. We hope that ease of use will remain the same as in previous versions of the system.
New settings of the radio channels will allow you to customize your favorite radio channel in more detail to your taste.
- Audi MMI
Excellent 3D maps of the navigation system and a screen resolution of 800 × 480. The MMI system responds clearly and quickly and therefore this system is in our rating. You do not need much time to get used to using the system. The new version of MMI has a touchpad that allows you to reply to emails.
- Chevrolet MyLink (Chevrolet, Buick and GMC)
MyLink (in some cars it has a different name – IntelliLink) is often somewhat slow in responding to touch on the touch screen. But this system offers ample opportunity to configure and connect additional equipment. For example, if your car does not have a navigation system, then installing the special BringGo application on your smartphone, you can, by connecting the phone to the car’s infotainment system, display the navigation map from the phone.
True, it is worth noting that this feature is available only on economy class cars (for example, Spark, Sonic and Trax).
In addition to the touch control, the MyLink system is expanded with several real buttons for quick and easy access to the most important functions of the car.
- Infiniti InTouch
The new Infiniti infotainment system debuted on the Q50. At first glance, two screens can be misleading. One screen is controlled by touching the LCD screen, the other display is controlled using regular buttons. Unfortunately, the touch screen is not so fast in response to touch. Both screens have high resolution, which makes the information displayed on them readable.
The only minus is the brightness of the screens (quickly get dirty from the fingers). Therefore, the driver always needs to have a rag to wipe the screens.
Infinity allows you to connect the Internet to the system in order to use social media on the car screen. It is also possible to use Google search. In addition, the car manufacturer has provided the opportunity to use your smartphone to diagnose the car and display on the phone screen fuel consumption, power reserve, speedometer and other data.
- Mazda connect
A new touch screen and a round control knob, which is located in a convenient location next to the gear knob, simulate the control of infotainment systems, which are mainly installed on German cars. The tactile round button for controlling vehicle functions is very convenient to use while driving. The touch screen is very convenient for entering a route on the navigation map. Navigation software developed by Nokia.
However, many users of this system have several typical complaints. Functions such as tuning the radio and connecting electronic gadgets using Bluetooth are too complicated to use compared to other systems in this rating.
- Kia UVO
The Kia UVO system has a lot of positive feedback for a simple and convenient user interface. This attractive and colorful system that brightens up the interior of the car. Screen size allows the system to look high-tech. As a rule, it is installed on Kia premium cars, adding value and luxury to the vehicle. It is worth noting that the Kia navigation system uses Google Maps.
But the main drawback is the slow operation of the control, which can be annoying and very distracting while driving.
- Cadillac CUE
The Cadillac CUE system is quite advanced, and its technology feature is not found on other cars. Some proximity sensors and tactile feedback. Sensors are needed to hide the necessary icons until your hand approaches the screen. This is done so as not to occupy the screen. As soon as your finger approaches the screen, menu icons appear on the displays. The tactile feedback function is necessary in order to understand, without looking at the screen, that you pressed the button. This is the same as on some mobile phones when dialing a slight push in the fingers.
With a resolution of 800 × 480, the graphics look acceptable, but still the touch controls are somewhat lacking in responsiveness.
It is clear that CUE is still in its infancy, and all the news and innovations are yet to come. We look forward to new car models along with a new infotainment system in which the software will be optimized and run faster.
- MyFord Touch
MyFord Touch is slow, bad and prone to breakdowns, and also distracts the driver from the road. But there are pluses. In this system, one of the best voice management software. It’s also very simple. The display is divided into four different screens with which you can use the phone, climate control, navigation and media applications. In fact, each section of the settings refers to every corner of the screen. This is done so that you can, without being distracted, quickly find the necessary function.
But the main advantage is voice control, which allows you to use many functions of the car without being distracted from the road.