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Ford, Toyota team up to integrate smartphone apps into cars

Posted: 09 Jun 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ford  Toyota  smartphone app  car  Lexus 

With the goal of turning the car into an "ultimate mobile device," Toyota and Ford have joined forces to combine their technologies to make this goal into a reality. The two companies have joined forces to etch out a collaboration targeting the integration of smartphone apps into cars.

The two OEMs currently draw up a scenario that aims at introducing the Open Source Platform "Smart Device Link" (SDL) into Toyota vehicles including Toyota's luxury brand Lexus. Involved is also Ford subsidiary Livio that developed the SDL technology. "The market for in-car apps is evolving rapidly," said Toyota senior managing officer Shigeki Terashi. "For us, the development of stable, flexible, secure and user friendly connectivity plays a major role. SDL is one of the technologies we are believing in."

SDL supports the integration of smartphone apps into the vehicle's infotainment and communications systems with focus on simple, intuitive HMI elements including voice control, screen display and dashboard instruments. An advantage of SDI is that smartphone apps only need to be developed for a single platform, doing away with the current platform variety. This helps developers to save time and makes it easier to offer a given app to large user audiences.

The current agreement between Toyota and Ford is based on an earlier decision from 2011 when both companies agreed to jointly develop in-car telematics services.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
  EE Times Europe

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