11.2.19

Toyota natively adopts Android Auto



Toyota is one of the last automakers to natively adopt Android Auto, already present on the 2018 vintage Aygo and the future 2019 Yaris.


toyota-aygo-waze-web.jpgA wall has just fallen. The automaker Toyota announces that all future models will be shipped natively with Android Auto. This is already the case in the city Aygo (2018 harvest) and will be in the next Yaris. Already last fall, Toyota quietly introduced Android Auto, as well as its rival CarPlay (January 2018). This "delay" would be related to the security of the function and the confidentiality of the data according to the reason invoked by the manufacturer.

This investment is not due to chance, because the real problem is the connected vehicle in which CarPlay and Android Auto have become essential standards for customers. But more than a confidentiality problem, it is the absolute dominance of CarPlay and Android Auto in the automotive sector that crushes the manufacturers.

Two examples ... The first with Porsche, in October 2015, rejected that Android Auto was compatible with their vehicles because the platform was "too curious about certain vehicle data." On the other hand, there is no problem to integrate CarPlay. The second example took place in January 2017, at the CES in Las Vegas. The two Ford and Toyota automakers announced the creation of a consortium called SmartDeviceLink (SDL), an open source software platform open to all players who want to outperform the giants of Silicon Valley.


Their desire was also to "give consumers more options" on how to connect and control their mobile applications while driving. They will be joined by PSA, Mazda, Suzuki and Fuji Heavy Industries, Elektrobit, Luxoft and Xevo ... But to see more closely, SmartDeviceLink is a kind of MirrorLink that allows the display on the vehicle screen of some phone applications , for The image of a certain CarPlay or Android Auto.

Meanwhile, Google has revised and improved Android Auto now based on the Android P operating system that allows to control certain functions, such as adjusting the temperature on board, heating the seat or making a maintenance appointment. This new Android Auto will appear in the Polestar 2, the Volvo electric car brand. Recall that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance had signed last October, during the last World Cup in Paris, with Google for the integration of Android Auto in all its cars.

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