A first wave of auto makers and industry suppliers – led by Toyota Motor Corporation – is adopting Ford’s smartphone app interface software SmartDeviceLink, marking a step toward giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road.
SmartDeviceLink is the open-source software on which the Ford SYNC AppLink platform is built, and which provides consumers with an easy way to access their favorite smartphone apps using voice commands. Automotive suppliers QNX Software Systems and UIEvolution also are adopting the technology, with plans to integrate it into their products.
By adopting Ford’s software, auto makers and suppliers are helping accelerate an industry standard that will increase the number of apps that are available for in-vehicle use. With common industry software, developers can focus on creating the best experience on one platform – SmartDeviceLink – which will be available to customers of many brands.
PSA Peugeot Citroën is investigating adding SmartDeviceLink to its vehicles, with Honda, Mazda and Subaru are considering adding the software.
January 13, 2016