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Toyota Forgoes Android Auto AND CarPlay : News

Automakers left, right, and center are hustling to adopt Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or both into their vehicles. But not Toyota. The Japanese manufacturer's American division is going with a more obscure platform instead.

Just the other day, Toyota announced a new smartphone integration system that it will be installing in its vehicles. The Scout GPS Link system is developed by California-based Telenav and implemented by Washington-based UIEvolution. The system will work with both iOS and Android devices, eschewing the need for either Apple's or Google's in-car interfaces while enabling users to link their smartphone with their vehicle's infotainment system to navigate, make or take phone calls, and listen to music. The feature is being rolled out on the Tacoma pickup, then on other 2016 models equipped with Toyota's Entune Audio Plus system.

The question is whether this will prove an inspired decision on Toyota's part, or a short-sighted one. On the one hand, the Scout GPS Link system could end up alienating younger buyers who increasingly show more interest in smartphones than cars, and more loyalty towards operating systems than automakers. On the other hand, it could conceivably prove better and less distracting than Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. We have trouble imagining that a couple of little-known startups could beat both Apple and Google for smoother device integration and interface, but we'll reserve judgement for when we actually get to sample the system first-hand.

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