Automakers have created SmartDeviceLink consortium, which aims to manage open source software for standardized infotainment systems for cars
Ford and Toyota have teamed up to create a consortium that aims to manage open source software for Android and iOS application interfaces with its infotainment systems. According to an announcement given on Wednesday (4) by Ford and Toyota, the so-called SmartDeviceLink is a non-profit organization and the first members to integrate it are Mazda Motor, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries and Suzuki Motor. Elektrobit, Luxoft, and Xevo have teamed up as the first supplier members, while Harman, Panasonic, Pioneer and QNX have signed letters of intent to join the group.
BlackBerry subsidiary QNX Software Systems already operates Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system. The Canadian company has moved its focus to software, including for automotive applications. By using an open source platform, automakers expect to give you and your suppliers a standard for integrating applications with the vehicle screen, steering wheel controls, and voice recognition. The idea is that a common platform adopted by many car manufacturers would attract developers, who can benefit from the integration of a technology used by all participating automakers.
The open source project will be managed by Livio, a software startup acquired by Ford in 2013 that will work with the first users to build the interfaces for each vehicle model. Apple and Google are already offering technologies that integrate smartphones with car infotainment systems, and these have been adopted by many automakers. Ford itself said in January of last year that it was increasing the number of smartphone functions that can be controlled from car interfaces by adding support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and introducing more applications to its Sync connectivity system for some Their vehicles.
The AppLink connectivity interface, released for the Genivi Alliance, has allowed drivers to control smartphone-compatible applications via panel buttons or voice commands and is now available on the AppLink website and is already in more than 5 million vehicles around the world world. Toyota Motor reported in January last year that it would adopt SmartDeviceLink technology for its vehicles. Automakers PSA Peugeot Citroën, Honda, Mazda and Subaru were also considering adding the software, Ford said at the time. Toyota also plans to launch a telematics system that integrates with SmartDeviceLink in 2018.