When it comes to infotainment systems, no vehicle today is complete without them. Able to help the driver navigate, and usually set up with a sweet sound system, most infotainment systems come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to allow consumers to play music from their phones while keeping them off of their phone. Some infotainment systems are even mirroring smartphones, basically projecting the home screen onto the infotainment touchscreen once plugged in. It didn’t take long for the auto industry to adopt this technology, but Mitsubishi Motors is one automaker that dragged its feet until it saddled up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance and started getting access to all sorts of car tech.
What’s in an Infotainment System?
Good question. It usually comes with a touchscreen, a sound system, and depending on what’s offered, some navigation features. Yeah, Mitsubishi Motors offered all of that on its SUVs for several years, but each of those was a standalone part. Before Mitsubishi got an infotainment system, vehicles like the Mitsubishi Outlander came with an available 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system, outfitted with a 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer, Digital Signal Processing, DTS Neural Surround™, PremiDIA-WIDE Surround, and Dolby® Volume. To handle voice-commands and voice-calling, a FUSE hands-free link system with Bluetooth did the heavy lifting, and a 7-inch touchscreen display with available 3D-mapping navigation picked up the rest of the slack. Not bad for throwing something together.
Nothing Beats the Real Deal
That’s true, and Mitsubishi Motors eventually accepted this fate. With the Mitsubishi Outlander set to be replaced sooner or later, the new tech wasn’t installed into the SUV. Instead, the revival of the Mitsubishi Eclipse as a crossover brought new technology to the lineup, and this was the real deal.
Mitsubishi called it a “Smartphone Link Display”, and it did as the name said. Consumers could now connect their smartphones to an infotainment system that was compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Like many infotainment systems, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross also came with remote services via a smartphone app called “Mitsubishi Connect”. Through this, consumers could check vehicle diagnostics, lock/unlock your vehicle for keyless entry, dim or brighten headlights, and even access climate control functions. Automatic collision notifications, SOS emergency, information, stolen vehicle and roadside assistance, alarm notifications, and a mileage tracker are also all included should the worst scenario arise.
Google is one of the tech giants of the century, and any automaker that can get a deal with them is golden. Well, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is one lucky duck, with Google working on a new infotainment system, powered by the Android operating system (OS), of course, that will be installed into future Renault, Nissan, and Mitsubishi vehicles. We haven’t heard much about it aside from during the digital conference the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance held to discuss the Alliance mid-term plans. Will we see this technology in the upcoming C/D vehicle from Mitsubishi? Only time will tell.
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