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Toyota chooses Telenav for navi system over Apple, Google

Toyota chooses Telenav for navi system over Apple, Google image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Toyota | posted August 04, 2015 10:41

Telenav wins navigation systems deal with Toyota

In an effort to keep control over their infotainment systems, Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that they will be using Scout GPS Link by Telenav in select 2016 models using the Entune Audio Plus system.

The Scout GPS Link, similar to systems by Apple and Google, allows users to transfer navigation date being viewed on their mobile devices directly onto the vehicle’s multimedia display but in a package that isn’t locked-in and inaccessible to the vehicle manufacturer.

A key feature highlighted by Toyota is the safety aspect that the Scout GPS Link provides with a driver-optimized interface using larger buttons, highly legible graphics, one-touch controls and voice recognition for a safer driving experience.

iPhone and Android users may be able to access the system by simply downloading the companion app from their respective online stores and then use it to connect to the Toyota models equipped with the Scout GPS Link.

“Scout GPS Link provides a flexible brought-in platform that enables car makers to customize the in-car experience to meet their customer needs. We are excited to partner with one of the world's largest vehicle manufacturers to provide Toyota drivers with a seamless navigation experience across their phone and car screens,” said Sal Dhanani, President of Telenav's Automotive Business Unit.

This development comes more than a month after Toyota reached an agreement with Ford Motor Company to work together on a system that integrates smartphones with an automobile’s infotainment system.

Toyota has reportedly been wary about simply turning over their entertainment system to tech giants Apple and Google especially with the news that both companies have autonomous vehicles under development.