The merging of our smartphone and car interfaces is progressing, but at a rather slow pace. Various crossover apps and accessories have come out but few are really capturing the imaginations of drivers, and slow updates mean the systems are outdated a year after they launch. Well, I expect that will also be the case with Lexus’s latest system, but at least it’s an improvement.
By using the eDestination app (warning: autoplaying video), Lexus owners with Enform-equipped infotainment systems (the LX 570 we just reviewed has it, of course) can store up to 200 locations on their phone or in the web app, and send them to the car’s system for easy access.
Of course, you could just as easily keep the info on your phone and get turn-by-turn from Google Navigation or what have you, but I guess there’s something to be said for making use of that big dash LCD.
I’m pretty sure the days of these patchwork solutions are coming to a close — a little touch of basic web standards and some smart platform work by the automakers and you’ve got tools that can be accessed from car, phone, or desktop.
Of course, that won’t stop foolish tourists from driving off cliffs.