Toyota is adopting Ford’s open-source smartphone app interface software- SmartDeviceLink. SmartDeviceLink is an open-source software that provides users an easy access to their smartphone apps using voice commands. Automotive suppliers QNX Software Systems and UIEvolution also plan to integrate the software into their products.
Companies will be able to increase the number of apps available for in-vehicle use on one platform using SmartDeviceLink. The technology will be available to users of many brands. PSA Peugeot Citroën and automakers like Honda, Mazda and Subaru might also add the software.
“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,” said Don Butler, Ford executive director, Connected Vehicle and Services. “Ford is making the software available as open-source, because customers throughout the industry benefit if everybody speaks one language.”
Vehicles that are equipped with SmartDeviceLink technology allow drivers to manage smartphone apps using display screens, buttons and/or voice recognition commands. Several popular apps like Spotify, iHeartRadio, AccuWeather and Domino’s are already available for Ford AppLink use. The technology is expected to reach 28 million more vehicles by 2020, according to the company.