Toyota Motor Corporation is adopting SmartDeviceLink, Ford’s open-source smartphone app interface software, which is a huge step toward giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road. Many automakers like PSA Peugeot Citroën, Honda, Mazda and Subaru also are considering adding the software, while some automotive suppliers like QNX Software Systems and UIEvolution also are adopting the technology, with plans to integrate it into their products.
By adopting this Ford technology, automakers and suppliers are helping accelerate an industry standard that will increase the number of apps available for in-vehicle use. With common industry software, developers can focus on creating the best experience on one platform SmartDeviceLink will be available to customers of many brands.
SmartDeviceLink is the open-source software on which the Ford SYNC® AppLink™ platform which enables its consumer to manage popular smartphone apps using display screens, buttons and/or voice recognition commands. Popular music apps such as Spotify and iHeartRadio, information apps including AccuWeather and MLB, retail apps such as Domino’s, and a growing list of apps from around the world are already available for Ford AppLink users.
“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.”
Just to add to your knowledge, AppLink as part of Ford SYNC is available on more than 5 million Ford vehicles globally and this technology is expected to reach 28 million more vehicles by 2020. Industry-wide adoption of SmartDeviceLink will help the technology spread to new markets, such as China, Taiwan, New Zealand and Thailand.