According to Bloomberg reports, Ford and Toyota and other companies to form a car alliance to accelerate the development of open-source software, automotive systems. The Auto Alliance is known as the SmartDeviceLink Consortium, with companies including Mazda, PSA Group, Fuji and Suzuki. The main goal of the SmartDeviceLink consortium is to prevent Apple and Google from controlling how drivers use their smartphones to connect to cars. Other companies joining the group include Elektrobit, Harma, Luxoft, QNX and Xevo. The organization is based on the Ford AppLink interface, which has more than 5 million users worldwide.
The goal of SmartDeviceLink's non-profit organization is to promote more in-vehicle systems, giving drivers more freedom to connect their smartphones to their in-vehicle systems, to control central controls and voice systems. Through the use of open-source platform, car manufacturers want to set standards, unified vehicle system platform. At the same time, you can also attract developers to join a unified platform, integrated platform in their own applications.
Toyota has refused to support the company's models in the Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, Toyota said it would lose security. Ford in 2017 models began to support CarPlay and Android Auto, but still very support open-source platform.
The open source project will be managed and developed by Livio, a software startup that Ford acquired in 2013. Livio will develop interfaces and in-vehicle infotainment systems with other partners. Apple's car-based system, CarPlay, brings maps, phones, messages, music, podcasts, and many third-party software to the car. Apple CarPlay's in-vehicle partners include BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and Nissan.
Because Apple is very user-friendly, CarPlay only collects very little user and vehicle vendor data. According to information released by Porsche, Apple will only collect when used in CarPlay, whether the car is accelerating. CarPlay is a lot different from Android Auto, which uses a lot of car data.