Toyota weighs Ford’s open-source CarPlay rival

Toyota is tinkering with Ford’s open-source dashboard software, the tech that allows smartphone apps to hook up to car infotainment systems. The Japanese firm announced today that SmartDeviceLink (SDL) “is being studied” for its potential inclusion in future cars; if adopted, it would mean compatible apps could work with cars across Ford, Toyota, and Lexus’ ranges, tapping into voice control, steering wheel buttons, and whatever touchscreens are embedded.

Ford itself uses SDL as the basis of its AppLink system. By hooking a smartphone up to SYNC-equipped cars, apps like Pandora, Spotify, and Glympse can be displayed on the dashboard and controlled via the vehicle’s own interfaces.

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