Lexus IS Will Have In-Dash Navigation With Google Local Search, Geotagged Panoramio Pictures and Street View

By: Ali Raza  |   May 24th, 2013   |   Cars, Google, News

Major car manufacturers are integrating new technologies in their upcoming vehicles so they can deliver an unbelievable experience to their customers. Technologies in cars can range from navigation to Siri and even Apple’s iPad. These new technologies are also helping car manufacturers lure more customers, as a result of that they are earning more revenue than before. Popular Japanese automaker Toyota has decided to add a next gen navigation system on the dash board of its latest Lexus IS model that will be made available for sale in Europe sometime later during this year.


Toyota will be able to provide this next gen navigation with the help of search engine giant Google, which will bring its technologies to the new Lexus IS and give its owners an improved driving experience. The new in-dash navigation system will give drivers access to geotagged Panoramio pictures, local search of Google and Street View. The announcement was made by Pierre Masai, who is the VP Information Systems and Telematics at Toyota Motor Europe. He used Google’s official blog as a guest blogger and described the latest technology.

Here is the original post from Google’s official blog:

“The next generation navigation system in the new Lexus IS” is “available from mid 2013 across Western and Eastern Europe. Hear how the company’s newest technology is using Google features to create improved experiences for its drivers.


At Lexus, we value bringing the newest technology to our drivers. We want Lexus drivers to depend on their cars for accurate, up-to-date information about their surroundings. We’ve entered a new generation of in-car technology and we’re rolling out several features from Google Maps to enhance our driver’s navigation experience.


The Lexus IS newest in-dash system gives users direct access to Google local search, Street View and geotagged photos from Panoramio. From cafés in Rome to museums in Paris, drivers can use their navigation system to search online for points of interest. With access to continually updated local information powered by Google, this gives Lexus users peace of mind.


We’re also excited to announce that Street View and Panoramio will be integrated in Lexus’ premium in-car technology. For the first time, Lexus drivers will be able to see real-life images of their surroundings, guiding them to nearby places.


As we continue to bring smarter technology to our cars, drivers will find the most relevant information they need, when they need it most. Now Lexus drivers can have access to map features with Google, ensuring a much more informed drive wherever they’re going.”


Source: 9to5Google, GoogleEnterpriseBlog

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