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Ford, Toyota and other car manufacturers join forces to compete with Apple and Google

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Published on Jan 04, 2017

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Bloomberg confirms that Ford, Toyota and at least four other car manufacturers have created the consortium SmartDeviceLink to create a multimedia entertainment system and connecting the smartphone to have a car that can compete with the solutions offered by Apple and Google.

This consortium aims to create more choice for those who want to connect your smartphone to the multimedia system of the car. With CarPlay, and with the solution offered by Google, users now have already available solutions, even if available only on a limited number of cars. Ford, Toyota and other four manufacturers want to create an alternative system, capable of offering advanced features for those who want to manage and connect iPhone and Android smartphones to your car, with as much of the interface can be directly managed from the panel of the car.

As confirmed by the protagonists, this consortium wants to ensure that manufacturers maintain control over the infotainment systems and access to apps in the car.

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