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Toyota rejects CarPlay and Android Auto… for now

by Jacob Kleinman | February 23, 2015February 23, 2015 8:00 pm PDT

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Apple and Google are racing to provide the software that powers your dashboard infotainment system, but not all car-makers are interested in giving up control. Toyota recently told The New York Times that it plans to keep its own infotainment system, at least for now, rather than adopt CarPlay or Android Auto.

“We may all eventually wind up there, but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Toyota exec John Hanson told The New York Times. He added that, while the company met regularly with both Google and Apple, it’s not ready to adopt either operating system. Meanwhile, other car-makers seem more eager to make the jump.

Ford plans to offer Android Auto and CarPlay in some of its cars by the end of the year. By 2016, every vehicle the company sells in the U.S. will support the new software. Meanwhile, Chrysler is also set to support both Apple and Google’s dashboard operating systems.

Overall, the new software should be a big upgrade over the in-house systems we’re used to seeing. Most car companies are still pretty lacking when it comes to user interface design, giving Apple and Google an opportunity to expand their reach into another new market. Hopefully it won’t be long before Toyota comes around to the new platforms as well.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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