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Old 01-04-2017, 03:55 AM   #1
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Default Subaru a Founding Member of 'SmartDeviceLink' Telematics Consortium

Ford issued a press release earlier today at https://media.ford.com/content/fordm...onsortium.html from the 2017 CES.

FORD AND TOYOTA ESTABLISH SMARTDEVICELINK CONSORTIUM TO ACCELERATE INDUSTRY-DRIVEN STANDARD FOR IN-VEHICLE APPS
  • Ford and Toyota are establishing SmartDeviceLink Consortium, a nonprofit to manage open source software for smartphone app development for vehicles
  • Members include automakers Mazda Motor Corporation, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) and Suzuki Motor Corporation, as well as suppliers Elektrobit, Luxoft, and Xevo
  • Consortium focused on significantly increasing choice for consumers in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 – Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Company are forming SmartDeviceLink Consortium, a nonprofit organization working to manage an open source software platform with the goal of giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road.

Mazda Motor Corporation, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) and Suzuki Motor Corporation are the first automaker members of the consortium. Elektrobit, Luxoft, and Xevo join as the first supplier members. Harman, Panasonic, Pioneer and QNX have signed Letters of Intent to join.

SmartDeviceLink provides consumers easy access to smartphone apps using voice commands and in-vehicle displays. Adopting the open source platform gives automakers and suppliers a uniform standard with which to integrate apps. Developers benefit because they can focus on creating the best experience for customers by integrating one linking solution for use by all participating automakers.

“Encouraging innovation is at the center of Ford’s decision to create SmartDeviceLink, and this consortium is a major step toward that goal,” said Doug VanDagens, global director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services, and a board member of the consortium. “Consumers will win with new, innovative app experiences from increased collaboration and developer engagement.”

Shigeki Tomoyama, president of Toyota’s Connected Company said, “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. We are excited to collaborate with many auto manufacturers and suppliers who share our view.”

SmartDeviceLink enables smartphone app developers to seamlessly integrate their app functions with in-vehicle technology such as the vehicle display screen, steering wheel controls and voice recognition. With this new level of integration, drivers enjoy their favorite apps on the road in an enhanced, user-friendly way.

Consumers also benefit because developers and automakers working together will contribute improvements to the open source code – increasing the quality and security of the software.

Industry-wide adoption of SmartDeviceLink is expected to give app developers broad scale as their innovations could be applied to millions of vehicles worldwide.

Participating companies and suppliers will be able to deliver user experiences that meet their individual standards while retaining control over how much access apps have to vehicle data.

SmartDeviceLink technology is based on Ford’s contribution of its AppLink™ software to the open source community in 2013. Ford AppLink software is currently available on more than 5 million vehicles globally.

Toyota plans to commercialize a telematics system using SDL around 2018.

Popular apps such as Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, AccuWeather and others are already available to Ford AppLink users.

Livio will manage the open source project and provide guidance to the SmartDeviceLink Consortium and its members. Visit SDL for more information or to apply to the consortium.

ABOUT FORD MOTOR COMPANY
Ford Motor Company is a global automotive and mobility company based in Dearborn, Michigan. With about 203,000 employees and 62 plants worldwide, the company’s core business includes designing, manufacturing, marketing and servicing a full line of Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, as well as Lincoln luxury vehicles. To expand its business model, Ford is aggressively pursuing emerging opportunities with investments in electrification, autonomy and mobility. Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products and services, please visit www.corporate.ford.com.

ABOUT TOYOTA
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to advancing mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve produced more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places.
For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com. Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places.
For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.


The Forbes magazine article at http://www.forbes.com/sites/samabuel...ystem-in-2018/ has some background information.
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Good, get them all working together and standardize. This is as much of a hassle for the manus as it is for the consumers.
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Confused... are they trying to create something that competes with Android Auto and Apple Carplay? Why not work with the already established software developers who control the phone's operating system?
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Confused... are they trying to create something that competes with Android Auto and Apple Carplay? Why not work with the already established software developers who control the phone's operating system?
Yes, SmartDeviceLink (SDL) is intended to be an alternative to Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Car makers would prefer to have some control over the in-car experience (i.e. the system's look and feel) themselves rather than allowing Google or Apple to dictate those terms. No surprise there.

Here's a link to another article about the SDL Consortium which speculates about why it has been established:
http://www.thecarconnection.com/news...r-infotainment

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redundant systems are redundant are redundant are redundant.

but seriously... It'd be cheaper and likely result in better integration if they just worked with google and apple to increase the functionality of those already developed systems and enable the apps they want. Google and apple are software developers. Car manufacturers are car manufacturers... economics one-oh-one... stick to what you're good at, and outsource the rest. It's more efficient for everyone.

Instead, they'll keep developing dinosaur head units that continue to disappoint consumers...
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redundant systems are redundant are redundant are redundant.

but seriously... It'd be cheaper and likely result in better integration if they just worked with google and apple to increase the functionality of those already developed systems and enable the apps they want. Google and apple are software developers. Car manufacturers are car manufacturers... economics one-oh-one... stick to what you're good at, and outsource the rest. It's more efficient for everyone.

Instead, they'll keep developing dinosaur head units that continue to disappoint consumers...
Maybe you should get Apple and Google to standardize their two incompatible systems into a single one. Apple, BTW, is primarily a hardware maker. And maybe you should also tell Apple and Google to stop wasting money developing self-driving cars because they aren't car manufacturers and should stick to their knitting. Yeah, as in Econ 101.
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redundant systems are redundant are redundant are redundant.

but seriously... It'd be cheaper and likely result in better integration if they just worked with google and apple to increase the functionality of those already developed systems and enable the apps they want. Google and apple are software developers. Car manufacturers are car manufacturers... economics one-oh-one... stick to what you're good at, and outsource the rest. It's more efficient for everyone.

Instead, they'll keep developing dinosaur head units that continue to disappoint consumers...
So far, I like Carplay; but, what I see here is "working with = give me more $$$$$". Apple has to control everything. I am sure they could change. When they get more green...
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Maybe you should get Apple and Google to standardize their two incompatible systems into a single one. Apple, BTW, is primarily a hardware maker. And maybe you should also tell Apple and Google to stop wasting money developing self-driving cars because they aren't car manufacturers and should stick to their knitting. Yeah, as in Econ 101.
Making a car drive by itself... yeah, that's software. Last I checked, Google was modifying existing cars, like lexuses and such, not creating factories and fabricating their own vehicles.

All this is going to do is water down the existing choices. They're planning to introduce another platform for these app developers to have to integrate to. Talk to Microsoft and see how well that worked out...
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So far, I like Carplay; but, what I see here is "working with = give me more $$$$$". Apple has to control everything. I am sure they could change. When they get more green...
Yeah... I'm guessing that's got a lot to do with it. Apple probably wants manufacturer's to sign onto their system as a proprietary system... didn't they have a patent for an in-dash radio system a while back? I'm guessing any car manufacturer will realize that shoe-horning their customers into one brand is a no-go.

Really, I wonder if they're just banding together so they have a bigger sway with google and apple to get them to come to the table...
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The frimware/OS in autos in a whole different level that that of a mobile phone or computer. Apple and google don't get that yet. You can't have a buggy OS in an autonomous vehicle. You can in the infotainment system but not in the vehicle itself.

This whole "SDL" group looks like it is there to try to make everyone understand that.

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Isn't this whole thing about mobile phones + using them in a car? And not about autonomous driving?

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Like it or not, Android and iOS are the 2 games in town. Android and Swift are open source languages. To me, there is no way the developers of these car manufacturers can match the scope and innovation of Android/iOS, plus all of the apps already written.

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Also funny. I'm curious how this will be accomplished. iOS and Android already have SDK for Android Auto and CarPlay, so developers in theory should be able to offer apps to support both pretty easily.

To me this seems like the car manufacturers trying to maintain a grip on something that they've lagged behind for quite some time.
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Isn't this whole thing about mobile phones + using them in a car? And not about autonomous driving?
I see those lines getting blurred that is why they are doing this. Look at Subaru, they decide on Megellan for nav. That comes with real-time maps and traffic. That info will have to get into the vehicle OS for autonomous driving. Who is the captain on that one? What format will be used? Every manufacturer and App vendor can be using different formats.

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Maybe you should get Apple and Google to standardize their two incompatible systems into a single one. Apple, BTW, is primarily a hardware maker. And maybe you should also tell Apple and Google to stop wasting money developing self-driving cars because they aren't car manufacturers and should stick to their knitting. Yeah, as in Econ 101.
Diversify your market and move away from dependence on a single market/customer. For profit companies 101.
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Yeah, that's the same **** people said when Apple created the iPhone. "They're not a phone manufacturer get out of here..." How did that work out? Cars are increasingly more technological. Makes sense that technology companies would get involved
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