Toyota uses Ford’s IoT smartphone technology

Toyota

Toyota has chosen to use a technology originally developed by rival Ford to connect smartphone apps to its cars’ dashboards, snubbing Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto in the latest sign of tensions between the automotive industry and Silicon Valley… So-called “infotainment” systems that allow music or navigation apps from a smartphone to be displayed on the dashboard have become the site for an early turf war between traditional automakers and Silicon Valley companies. Automotive companies have been reluctant to hand over control of the in-car experience to software makers such as Apple and Google for fear of losing a key point of competitive differentiation… The two smartphone platform leaders have in recent years begun to build simpler ways to connect their devices to cars.

 

Tim Bradshaw

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