Toyota Ends Resistance to Android

Toyota Ends Resistance to Android
Toyota users will be able to run smartphone apps like Google Maps Navigation on their car's display screen.

(CCM) — Japanese car-maker Toyota has finally agreed to add Android Auto to its vehicles, enabling owners to use Android phone apps such as Google Maps, WhatsApp, Spotify, and Skype on their vehicle's display screens.

The move marks an end to years of resistance on the part of Toyota to Google's car infotainment software due to concerns over safety and security, according to a Bloomberg report.

In January Toyota announced that it would add Apple's CarPlay to its vehicles, after previously limiting the two infotainment systems' access to its cars and their data. An official announcement about Android Auto is expected in October, based on information provided to Bloomberg by people familiar with the plans.

Android Auto was launched in March 2015, and was first supported in the Hyundai Sonata. It is now compatible with many other vehicles, including those manufactured by Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Chevrolet, Audi, Chrysler, GMC, and Ford. It is also supported by aftermarket car-audio systems made by companies including Pioneer, Kenwood, Panasonic, and Sony.

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