Ford and Toy­ota among global auto gi­ants pro­mot­ing open source soft­ware

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In what ap­pears like a move against Ap­ple and Google, Ford and Toy­ota have es­tab­lished a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The new devel­op­ment is aimed at pro­mot­ing open source soft­ware and de­liv­er­ing smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity on fu­ture ve­hi­cles. Called the SmartDe­viceLink Con­sor­tium, the or­gan­i­sa­tion in­cludes au­tomak­ers Mazda Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy In­dus­tries and Suzuki Motors in ad­di­tion to Ford and Toy­ota. There are also sup­pli­ers like Elek­tro­bit, Lux­oft and Xevo. Fur­ther, Pana­sonic, Pi­o­neer and QNX are also set to join the board. All th­ese en­ti­ties have ap­par­ently com­bined to ri­val Ap­ple’s CarPlay and Google’s An­droid Auto.

“Con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween smart­phones and the ve­hi­cle in­ter­face is one of the most im­por­tant con­nected ser­vices. Us­ing SmartDe­viceLink, we can pro­vide this ser­vice to our cus­tomers in a safe and se­cure man­ner,” said Shigeki To­moyama, pres­i­dent of Toy­ota’s Con­nected Com­pany, in a joint state­ment.

SmartDe­viceLink of­fers de­vel­op­ers an easy way to in­te­grate their app’s func­tions with in-ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy like ve­hi­cle dis­play screen, steer­ing wheel con­trols and voice recog­ni­tion. The Con­sor­tium ex­pects that in­dus­try-wide adop­tion of the SmartDe­viceLink plat­form will give de­vel­op­ers ‘broad scale’ and ex­pand their app in­ter­faces. The ini­tial tech­nol­ogy un­der SmartDe­viceLink is based on Ford’s Ap­pLink, which was re­leased to the open source com­mu­nity back in Fe­bru­ary 2013. This open source project will be man­aged by Ford-owned Livio.

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