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These systems can display select apps from your phone directly onto the car's infotainment screens.
All 2018 models have a new, standard eight-inch MAZDA CONNECT infotainment display with sharper color contrast.
Then there was Lorena Bobbitt, who supplied news, tabloids, and late-night TV with months of infotainment.
The reworked interior remains a cozy and comfortable spot with easy-to-read gauges and readily accessible climate, navigation and infotainment controls for both front-seat riders.
The rear camera displays on the dashboard rather than the infotainment display.
But at some point the decision was made to bury the setting underneath several layers of menus, accessed via the infotainment screen.
The new Corolla hatchback’s infotainment system is now compatible with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa and certain wearable devices.
Chevrolet is teaming up with Shell to launch a new feature that allows drivers to pay for gas from their vehicle’s infotainment screen.
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Did You Know?
Infotainment, a blend of "information" and "entertainment," first appeared in the early 1980s. Not everyone approves of "infotainment" and similar pieced-together, media-derived words (e.g., "infomercial" and "edutainment"), however. New York Times Magazine writer Joe Morgenstern referred to "infotainment" as "a plastic word, stuck together with show-biz epoxy." An editorialist for a New England newspaper called it "a nauseating word" that "has crept into the language without an invitation." Unfortunately for such detractors, the word continues to be used today. Not only that, but a new, distinct sense of the word is emerging. People in the automotive industry have recently begun using "infotainment" to refer to the state-of-the-art multimedia technologies (such as GPS systems and Internet radio) now available to drivers at the push of a button.
INFOTAINMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of infotainment for English Language Learners
: television programs that present information (such as news) in a way that is meant to be entertaining
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