The integration of smartphones in cars every day is more complete, because the tastes of the consumers so require. Today there is no brand that does not allow to connect any phone of 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 systems of connection, because it prevents that when we got out of a car we can connect in a simple way our phone to another vehicle.
To solve this problem already there are many platforms but these are inside large industrial groups. This means that the platform that has the Volkswagen Group little or nothing will have to do with the one with FCA. However it seems that now some brands (of different industrial groups) will start using the same connection system with this action started the road to standardization of the connections for smartphone.
Ford Motor will start to ride in their cars SmartDeviceLink system whose main characteristic is that their software is free and therefore if any brand wants to use it can develop its comfortable paying a fraction of the cost for the development. The first interested in him is the Japanese Toyota that reported he is studying to implement it on the dashboard of their next cars.
With the SmartDeviceLink they can be integrated in-car applications such as Spotify or AccuWeather, and can also handle them from the controls on the steering wheel, or even with the voice (if the vehicle has this system). Once implanted in the car must think in the SmartDeviceLink as the base operating system that take our cars in the face of the coming years.
Meanwhile, Toyota is not the only car maker which is interested in using this system. Manufacturers as PSA (Peugeot and Citroen DS), Honda, Subaru and Mazda, also are interested in incorporating this new system to their cars, but unlike Toyota still does not have reported when or in which models.
Source – Toyota