Ford has confirmed that Japanese carmaker Toyota will switch to Ford’s SmartDeviceLink software platform for its in-car connectivity.
Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Ford said Toyota could be the first of many carmakers to adopt the platform as the carmaking world looks to streamline the service of applications (apps) and connected vehicles (v2v and v2i).
QNX Software Systems (a BlackBerry subsidiary) and UIEvolution - suppliers to various carmakers - are also looking to integrate the SmartDeviceLink platform into some of their products.
Ford describes SmartDeviceLink as “the open-source software on which the Ford SYNC AppLink platform is built, [providing] consumers an easy way to access their favourite smartphone apps using voice commands”.
Such apps include iHeartRadio, Glympse, AccuWeather, Spotify and even Dominos Pizza, with Ford saying the adoption of a single platform (in this case, SmartDeviceLink) will help to “accelerate an industry standard” and increase the number of apps available to customers.
“The true benefit of a common smartphone app communications interface is that it creates an industry standard, enabling great experiences for customers while allowing different companies the freedom to differentiate their individual brands,” Ford’s Don Butler said.
“Ford is making the software available as open-source, because customers throughout the industry benefit if everybody speaks one language.”
Ford says Subaru, Mazda and Honda could join Toyota in making the switch to SmartDeviceLink, while PSA Peugeot Citroen is also considering a move.
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