New In-Car Tech
At long last, Infiniti updates its infotainment system in 2020 models
Infiniti has updated its infotainment system offering for the 2020 model year in the Q50, Q60, QX50, and QX80. This next-gen system replaces an aging set up that had become a pain point for the Hong Kong-based automaker in the last few years.
The system now consists of two twin high-definition touch screens and replaces button and knob controls in previous years' models. It keeps the Infiniti InTouch nomenclature, operates using a faster processor, and features an improved interface.
"Connectivity on the move is more important to drivers than ever – it allows them to keep up-to-date with the latest traffic information, while passengers can stream, surf, video call and more at their leisure," said Eric Rigaux, General Manager of Product Strategy & Planning, Infiniti Motor Company. "Having listened to feedback from our customers, we have vastly improved the system's features, intuitive use and functionality."
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for U.S. customers. Users can utilize a USB port to connect their smartphone to the system. They can then access call making, message sending and receiving, navigation, and music capabilities. Apple users can enjoy Siri Eyes Free.
Buyers can add navigation capabilities to their InTouch system. The system incorporates 3D mapping, street and satellite view imagery, Destinations by Google, and points of interest.
Navigation-enabled vehicles feature a Wi-Fi hot spot with the ability to connect up to seven devices. This hot spot also enables over the air updates for the system.
The system also enables Bluetooth connectivity with easier pairing ability and a new high-definition microphone. Multiple phones can be connected to the system and owners can prioritize their favorite device within the system.
Infiniti's 2020 model year vehicles begin arriving at dealerships later this year.