2014 Toyota Highlander: Getting Entune
July 2, 2014
Scheduling is sometimes tough. I was asked to show a TV news program what's available for in-car apps. That week, we had a loaded Toyota Camry test vehicle so I planned on using that as an example. Schedules changed and the Camry was gone, but fortunately we still had our long-term 2014 Toyota Highlander.
The night before the cameraman showed up, I made sure to sign out the Highlander, but once I got in it my stomach sank.
There weren't any apps. My phone was connected and was running the Entune app, which is necessary to power the system. I tried and tried to find something. Anything.
Just as I pulled into my driveway, after I notified our in-house PR person that we might be outta luck, I saw an update button in the screen. After a few minutes of downloading and a few more to install, I was back in business. All the expected apps (Pandora, OpenTable, Movie Tickets, Yelp, etc.) were up and running. No need to sign in either, as the Entune app stores that information.
Personally, I only use Pandora on the road, but if I were in an unfamiliar city, I could see how Yelp and OpenTable could be useful.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 6,050 Miles