Toyota May Tap Ford for Smartphone Integration Tech

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Toyota is considering turning to Ford for new in-dash technology. 

The Japanese automaker has announced that it is considering using Ford’s open-source SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology that allows users to access smartphone apps through the car’s in-dash infotainment unit. Ford contributed its SDL technology to the open-source community to try and drive growth in the automotive app development world.

Toyota is now working with SDL and is investigating even further collaboration with Livio, the wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company that is responsible for the tech. Using SDL, customers can access apps like Pandora, Spotify, Glympse and iHeartRadio using the car’s touchscreen or voice activated commands.

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“We continue to investigate new technologies that both enhance and safeguard the driving experience of Toyota and Lexus owners,” said Shigeki Terashi, Senior Managing Officer, Toyota Motor Corporation. “The in-car app market is quickly evolving. Developing robust, flexible, safe and user-friendly connected services is a priority for us, and one that we believe is shared by Ford, Livio and other contributors to SDL technology.”

SDL provides a wide range of abilities for both customers and automakers including the ability to customize its appearance, connectivity with any smartphone globally and voice-recognition compatibility.

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  • craigcole

    Interesting. As I recall Ford and Toyota did some patent cross-licensing with hybrid technology a few years back. Maybe they’ll partner on other projects going forward.