Toyota has said that it will not incorporate Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto into its vehicles in the near future.
“We may all eventually wind up there, but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, said, as reported by The New York Times.
Instead of giving the control to Apple or Google, Toyota will be using an app called Scout GPS Link – by Telenav Inc. – that will allow Apple and Google users to access navigation information on their phone, while letting Toyota be in charge of its own infotainment system.
The automotive company has expressed concerns over data protection and distraction levels. The new system deployed by Toyota will allow users to split their display screens and run two different apps.
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According to PC Mag, Toyota announced that it was planning to integrate CarPlay into its system by 2025, only to retract the statement later on.
While Fiat Chrysler has signed up to use Android Auto and CarPlay, they are also expressing hesitancy.
“We’re confident that our systems deliver a good experience for our customers. But we’re not standing still either,” Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne said, according to Mobile Industry Review.
General Motors, Volkswagen and Hyundai will incorporate Android Auto or CarPlay into their systems.
The 2016 Tacoma will be the first Toyota car to have the Telenav infotainment setup.
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