What does Infotainment mean in a car?
If you’re buying a new car, you’ll likely have come across the term ‘infotainment’. Meaning ‘information’ and ‘entertainment’, infotainment systems are in-built car computers that combine a wide range of functions – from digital radios to in-built reversing cameras.
Infotainment systems work to deliver you entertainment and information in one and are usually mounted in or on the dashboard in the middle of the car. The capabilities of a car’s infotainment system depend on its price and specification, with higher-spec makes and models providing more advanced digital features.
How does an Infotainment System work?
Infotainment systems work in conjunction with other in-vehicle and external systems and are usually controlled by a car touch screen display, button panel or voice command system.
They connect with other smart automotive technologies like Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) systems, Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity solutions, sensors and telematics devices.
Some infotainment systems are more intuitive than others, with many of the more recent car models allowing full smartphone integration in the form of Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink or Android Auto. This way, you can directly access a range of apps designed to improve your car’s operations and your overall driving experience.