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Posted by bwilson4web on September 30, 2011, 12:47 am
 
I wasn't sure when it would come out but here it is:

http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/2012+toyota+prius+hybrid+styling+advan=
ced+infotainment+features.htm

". . .
Theres big news for the 2012 Prius in the audio/infotainment area,
with new standard systems for Prius Two, Three and Four models. The
Prius Two, features a new Display Audio touch-screen system with a 6.1-
inch screen. The AM/FM CD player unit offers MP3/WMA playback
capability with six speakers, a USB port for iPod connectivity,
auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth hands-free phone capability and audio
streaming. The display also provides vehicle information and allows
the driver to customize vehicle settings.
. . .
The 2012 Prius is certified as a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle
(SULEV) and an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-
PZEV) in California, as well as those states applying California
emission standards. The AT-PZEV certification requires the SULEV
exhaust standard linked with the ability to meet a zero-fuel-
evaporative standard, a 150,000-mile durability demonstration,
extended emissions system warranty, and technology deemed by the
California Air Resources Board (CARB) to advance future fuel cell
vehicles.  In the rest of the country, Prius is certified as Tier 2,
Bin 3.
. . ."

So it looks like there will be a 6.1 inch screen in all models. But
the real ringer is the "SULEV" rating that California drivers can use
for an HOV pass. I didn't see that coming.

Bob Wilson

Posted by Al Falfa on September 30, 2011, 5:47 am
 
"bwilson4web"  wrote in message

I wasn't sure when it would come out but here it is:

http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/2012+toyota+prius+hybrid+styling+advanced+infotainment+features.htm

". . .
There’s big news for the 2012 Prius in the audio/infotainment area,
with new standard systems for Prius Two, Three and Four models. The
Prius Two, features a new Display Audio touch-screen system with a 6.1-
inch screen. The AM/FM CD player unit offers MP3/WMA playback
capability with six speakers, a USB port for iPod® connectivity,
auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth® hands-free phone capability and audio
streaming. The display also provides vehicle information and allows
the driver to customize vehicle settings.

I don't get it.  Both my cell phone and iPod Touch connect simultaneously to
the audio system in my 2010.  Moreover, both can be controlled with button
on the steering wheel.  The USB jack was added mid-2010 but the Bluetooth
connection works so well with the iPod as to make that unnecessary.  There
is nothing "new" about this.


Posted by bwilson4web on September 30, 2011, 8:18 am
 
The "6.1 inch screen" is the new, standard feature. We bought one of
the first 2010s in May 2009 and there is no screen. When backup
cameras become standard, Toyota will already have the display in the
car and no doubt there is a video interface. But thanks for the tip
about using Bluetooth control of an iPod.

My iPod was replaced with an iPad but I've not tried to Bluetooth
connect in my wife's car. I've been using the AUX audio port and a
Griffin plug which provided power for the battery limited iPod. It
works OK with the iPad but sometimes you want to skip or pause a
podcast. I'll give it a try.

Bob Wilson

Posted by Al Falfa on October 1, 2011, 5:20 am
 "bwilson4web"  wrote in message


The "6.1 inch screen" is the new, standard feature. We bought one of
the first 2010s in May 2009 and there is no screen. When backup
cameras become standard, Toyota will already have the display in the
car and no doubt there is a video interface. But thanks for the tip
about using Bluetooth control of an iPod.

My iPod was replaced with an iPad but I've not tried to Bluetooth
connect in my wife's car. I've been using the AUX audio port and a
Griffin plug which provided power for the battery limited iPod. It
works OK with the iPad but sometimes you want to skip or pause a
podcast. I'll give it a try.

Bob Wilson

The screen in my 2010 is a little over 6" and screens *were* standard in my
2005.  The Bluetooth connection is superb.  A few weeks ago I backed my card
out of the garage and did a double take when my iPod playlist started up.
At first I thought I'd left the iPod in my center console, checked, and it
wasn't there.  The car had engaged my iPod where it sat in a little stand
near my desktop PC about 50' away and through two walls.  I lost the
connection as I pulled out of my driveway.

I have no idea how one configures the Bluetooth interface without a screen.
Mine is configured to work with two iPods, one at a time.   After being
configured you simply go into the iPod's music app, select a playlist, and
close the app.  The Bluetooth interface will open the app and pick up on the
last song played.  If you get a call, it pauses the music and starts it back
when the call is finished.  The button on the wheel than otherwise control a
CD can be used to skip backward or forward in the playlist.  The audio
screen has pause, skip back and skip forward buttons.  The first time you go
to the audio screen the BT choice will be gray (not selectable) and won't be
available until you first pair the device to the car.  That is done on
another screen.  I found the instructions on the 'net.




Posted by bwilson4web on October 1, 2011, 5:35 am
 
Sad to say, my wife's 2010, a Prius 2 with upgraded radio but no
screen, won't pair with the iPad. What you are describing is exactly
what I'd like to have. Meanwhile, I can use the Griffin, AUX port
solution in my wife's car and a cassette adapter in the 2003.These are
not optimum so I keep trying to figure out better solutions.

Bob Wilson

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