Toyota Agreed To Add Android Auto To Its Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to add Android Auto to its vehicles, according to a person familiar with the matter, ending years of resistance to the Google infotainment software due to safety and security concerns. For the first time, Toyota will allow Android Auto devices to connect directly to its cars, after announcing compatibility with Apple Inc.’s CarPlay in January. Previously both platforms could only connect with Toyota vehicles using SmartDeviceLink, a telematics system developed by Ford Motor Co. that controls how Android Auto and CarPlay look on the dash and limits their access to car data. The addition of Android Auto may attract customers who had stayed away from Toyota vehicles because of the lack of connectivity. More than 80 percent of smartphones use the software from Alphabet Inc.’s Google, with the rest using Apple’s iOS system, according to data compiled by Bloomberg Intelligence. An announcement could come as early as October, according a different person familiar with the plans. 

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Yep. Rules of market are sometimes relentless

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With google and apple Toyota is making big step forward

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Except this, in a new partnership with Uber, Toyota plans to bring autonomous ride sharing as a mobility service to the market.

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Toyota RAV4 looks like the winner. Generally, it's a one of the best cars today.

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23 minutes ago, Pavel said:

RAV4

What a great car. 

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no one sees a problem with remote controllable cars ?

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The fear of the car manufactuters is to follow the path of the computer industry where most of the profits are on the software side and not on the hardware. They dont want to be just hardware producers in an industry dominated by the GAFA. That can explain Toyota reluctance to open to Android and Apple OS.

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