Every automaker is offering their vehicles with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto but Toyota may have found something better. Partnering with Ford and Livio, the world's largest automaker plans to launch SmartDeviceLink. The open source infotainment platform is another option for in-vehicle connectivity that operates similar to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Rather than install both Apple and Google's software, Toyota is going with SmartDeviceLink. While not as popular, the technology can match every automaker's in-vehicle system characteristics and interface. The system was originally developed by Ford and is called AppLink in the SYNC infotainment system.
Toyota will be the first automaker to use the software. By replicating any automaker's in-vehicle infotainment system, SmartDeviceLink operates with both Apple and Android smartphones in a single system.
With Ford and Fiat Chrysler officially adopting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the 2016 and 2017 model years, Toyota becomes the only top five automaker to forego the popular software.
Well, Toyota is dedicated to making a more secure in-vehicle connectivity system and that's exactly what SmartDeviceLink is. Bringing the capability to match vehicle features is both a value and an advantage, according to one Toyota executive.
"Developing a safer and more secure in-car smartphone connectivity service which better matches individual vehicle features is exactly the value and advantage an automaker can offer customers," said Shigeki Terashi, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation.