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Toyota adopts Ford’s SDL “connected car” software [VIDEO]

Open-source software provides drivers access to smartphone apps using voice commands.


LAS VEGAS – A first wave of automakers and industry suppliers led by Toyota is adopting Ford’s SmartDeviceLink software, a move the automakers say is a big step toward giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control smartphone apps on the road.

SmartDeviceLink (SDL) is the open-source software on which the Ford SYNC AppLink platform is built. It provides drivers with easy access to smartphone apps using voice commands.

Automotive suppliers, including Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems and UIEvolution, are also adopting the technology, with plans to integrate it into their products.

Ford says the technology will accelerate an industry standard that will increase the number of apps available for in-vehicle use and encourage the technology to spread to new markets, such as China, Taiwan, New Zealand and Thailand.

PSA Peugeot Citroën, Honda, Mazda and Subaru are among other car makers considering the technology.

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