Touchscreens have come a long way over the years. From being laggy, complicated and infuriating to use, modern touchscreens have become a necessity for some, if not most. Just about every car out there today has it as standard, at least for the mid-spec or top of the line models.
But the touchscreen game moves fast. A new one today becomes yesterday's news if it's missing out one or two features, immediately making it look dated. To keep up with the times, Toyota Motor Philippines have just upgraded the head unit of their top-selling SUV, the Fortuner. Starting this month, the Fortuner's touchscreen has been totally revamped and now includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
“Toyota listens to the demands of the local market, and we are always on the lookout when it comes to adopting technologies that make driving easier, safer, and more enjoyable for everyone,” said TMP First Vice President Ms. Cristina Arevalo.
Previously reserved for high-end luxury vehicles, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto lets you have your phone's interface displayed right on the vehicle's screen. That means you no longer have to dig through the menus to turn on and pair Bluetooth. If you plug in either of the two, most of your vital applications will also be usable, meaning you don't have to look at your phone when using Waze, for instance.
Aside from this software upgrade, the head unit’s hardware also receives significant changes such as a new dedicated SD card slot for multimedia and the screen size is now at 6.75-inches. The new head unit also packs 512 MB of RAM with 8GB of ROM (both previously at 256MB), meaning faster processing speeds that make the system less prone to lag.
“Equipping the Fortuner with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is something our customers will surely appreciate,” added Arevalo.
The best part of this upgrade? This new touchscreen is available on all variants of the Fortuner. Yes, even the entry-level 2.4 G M/T comes standard with this neat piece of tech. The even better news? The new display audio system didn't bring about a price increase either. So not only do you get a more bang up to date touchscreen, you don't have to shell out more if you're planning to buy a brand-new Fortuner.