integration of smartphones in cars every day is more complete, because the tastes of the consumers so require. Today there is no brand which does not allow to connect any phone Android or IOs to the touch screen of most of their cars. The problem arises when there is talk of many brands of cars, and many other systems of connection, as it prevents that when we got a car we can connect a simple phone to another vehicle.
To solve this problem already there are many platforms but these are within the large industrial groups. This means that the platform of connection you have to the Volkswagen Group’s little or nothing have to do with the need FCA. However, it seems that now some brands (different industry groups) are going to begin to use the same connection system and with this action initiated the path towards standardization of the connections to your smartphone.
Ford Motor will begin to mount in-car system SmartDeviceLink whose main feature is that its software is free and therefore if any brand wants to use it can develop to your liking by paying a minimal part of the cost for the development. The first brand interested in it is the japanese Toyota that has been reported is studying to implement it on the dashboard of your next car.
With the SmartDeviceLink we can integrate in-car applications as Spotify or AccuWeather, and also, managing them from the controls on the steering wheel, or even the voice (if the vehicle is equipped with this system). Once they implant in the car we think the SmartDeviceLink as the base operating system that will be our car for the next few years.
Meanwhile, Toyota is not the only one car manufacturer that is interested in using this system. Manufacturers such as PSA (Peugeot, Citroën and DS), Honda, Subaru and Mazda, also are interested in incorporating this new system to their cars, though unlike Toyota still have not informed when or in what models.
Sources – Toyota