Toyota Entune App is putting Bing, Pandora, and OpenTable on wheels, in action,and its looking like it could be pretty good. Making a dinner reservation while driving there sounds pretty good.
The Entune dash uses your phone as a sort of modem, pulling in data for its apps via 3G, and then shuttling it over to the car with Bluetooth. Bing web results (and corresponding map directions) seem snappy enough. Pandora radio is also a nice touch, for when FM reception is driving you nuts.
For those choked up on any safety issues that touch interface might present, Entune does compensate by including some voice recognition support. The interface running on Toyota software is clean and should require just few taps to go from main menu to driving directions.
As great as this seems, I’m staring at my iPad and can’t help but think though that it might be easier, better, and far cheaper just to have a car stereo shop stick an iPad in the dash…