What You Should Know About Bluetooth Technology

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In a car, Bluetooth lets you operate a mobile phone “hands-free,” meaning you do not have to hold the phone while making or taking a call or getting into the phone’s address book. This means that Bluetooth is a wireless technology that lets two compatible devices communicate with each other. Your vehicle’s interface to your phone and other Bluetooth devices will have dashboard controls, steering-wheel switches or a touch screen or a combination of these. Bluetooth controls will be your main point of contact for the system, so make sure they’re easy to operate.

Today, Bluetooth has become the auto-industry standard for hands-free phone technology. Its compatibility varies from phone to phone. To make things worse, the interface and features vary from vehicle to vehicle. In this article, we will review the basics of Bluetooth technology in automotive applications. We want to thank this Yonkers, NY car dealership for their help on this article!

Compatibility

You want to make sure that your cell phone is compatible with the car you’re thinking about getting. Many automakers provide an online list of phones that they’ve tested and are certified to work with their Bluetooth systems.

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Features

There are many Bluetooth features offered by automobile manufacturers. Some of the common ones are:

Address Book: Some systems let you download your phone’s address book, which is convenient. Other address-book features include identification of several numbers for a single contact (typically those are home, work and cell). Some may assign “voice tags,” nicknames that can be used with a voice-activation system.

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Voice Activation: Many Bluetooth units let you call someone via voice activation. Rather than having to put in numbers using a touch screen, dashboard or center-console controls, you say a name or number in an address book.

Streaming Audio: The music can be easily streamed from the car’s stereo system using Bluetooth. This is wonderful for wirelessly accessing music stored on an external device like a pen drive or flash drive and it also allows you to stream Internet radio services, like Pandora, from a smartphone.

Text Messaging: Some systems now allow you to get and answer text messages. The system will read an incoming text aloud via text-to-speech technology.

Call Waiting and Three-Way Calling: There are Bluetooth systems that support call waiting so that you can answer an incoming call if you have already got someone on the other end of the line. The three-way calling feature allows the driver to loop two callers into a conversation. How convenient would that be?

See, Bluetooth was once found only on super high-end cars and other vehicles, but now it is nearly ubiquitous as either a standard or available feature on all but the most basic entry-level cars. If it is important to you when looking for the ideal car, check to see if the Bluetooth feature is standard equipment on the trim level you are interested in. We hope that you have enjoyed reading about Bluetooth!

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