A group spearheaded by Ford and Toyota aims to speed up the development of standards for in-vehicle applications in an effort to prevent high-tech companies like Apple and Google from controlling how smartphones integrate with cars.
In a joint statement, the two companies indicated that the objective of their SmartDeviceLink Consortium is to encourage the development of more options for how mobile devices connect to automotive technologies, including touchscreen displays and voice recognition systems.
Joining Ford and Toyota as members of the consortium are automakers Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd, Mazda Motor Corp., PSA Group and Suzuki Motor Corp. and suppliers Elektrobit Automotive GmbH, Luxoft Holding Inc. and Xevo Inc.
Toyota and Ford initially agreed to collaborate on vehicle telematics systems in 2011, concerned that if solutions from Apple and Google became compelling to consumers that the two high-tech firms could increasingly control the industry.
The non-profit group hopes to extend its reach by developing an open source platform that will provide a secure alternative to Android Auto and CarPlay and limit how much access those offerings have to vehicle data.
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