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Toyota, Ford join forces to rival Apple and Google

Toyota, Ford join forces to rival Apple and Google image

Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Ford | posted January 05, 2016 11:40

PSA, Honda, Subaru and Mazda are also considering to use Ford's in-car connectivity

Toyota Motor Corporation has entered into an agreement with Ford to adopt its SmartDeviceLink (SDL) software, a move to rival Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto.

SmartDeviceLink is the open-source software on which the Ford SYNC AppLink platform is built. In a nutshell, the software integrate smartphones to the vehicle's infotainment system and can access apps using voice commands.

Automotive suppliers QNX Software Systems and UIEvolution are also adopting the technology, with plans to integrate it into their products.

Toyota Motor Corp. Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi said that the SDL offers a “safer and more secure in-car smartphone connectivity.”

“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. We expect that many companies share our view and will participate in the industry SDL collaboration,” said Terashi.

As a review, Toyota and Ford entered a collaboration agreement for developing next-generation in-car telematics system last August 2011. In June 2015, Toyota officially announced that they have reached an agreement with Ford and Livio to adopt SDL to its vehicles.

Toyota will demonstrate an SDL integration during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 6.

On the other hand, automakers such as PSA Peugeot Citroën, Honda, Mazda and Subaru are also considering to add Ford's SDL software to its vehicles.