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Volvo Cars announced in 2017 that the new generation of its infotainment system will be based on Google’s Android platform.
The infotainment system is spartan and unpolished, with no support for Android Auto or CarPlay.
But inside were standard features such as a 5-inch infotainment display, integrated voice command and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.
From in-vehicle infotainment to driver-assist systems, digital technology can be seen in just about every component of modern automobiles — except the license plate.
Beginning this week, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac will update more than one million existing vehicles with new entertainment, news and music applications available through the infotainment touchscreen - featuring the USA TODAY app.
Across in the center stack lives the infotainment system's 8.8-inch screen.
Heated, cooled and massaging front seats are a class exclusive, at least for now, and the XT4 gets Cadillac’s latest infotainment system, now with a scroll knob to augment its touchscreen interface.
The vehicle comes standard with the Apple CarPlay infotainment system, lane-centering technology, automotive high beams and a system that helps detect pedestrians at night.
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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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