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Toyota pushing for open-source in-car infotainment system

Toyota has said its new Camry will run a Linux-based, open-source platform, again ruling out incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

THE CAR INDUSTRY continues to run in different directions with Toyota announcing its new Camry will run a Linux-based, open-source technology platform for its in-car infotainment and communications system. Toyota will, among other things, be able to capture user data that would otherwise be lost to either Apple or Google when users connect to the car via one of those connectivity platforms.

Called the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) system, the software platform is the initiative of at least 10 car makers, including Mazda, Suzuki, Daimler and others. The initiative is down to car makers wanting to take control of the customisation of their platforms rather than having Apple or Google dictate how the system will look, work and feel for users.

But, the issue is that car makers seem to be at offs with what users actually want with how they interact with their car’s infotainment and communications platform.

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Dan Cauchy, general manager of automotive at the Linux Foundation, said: “It comes down to an automaker wanting to customize their operating platform to their liking and not having a third party dictating what the applications are going to be for the vehicle,” he said.

“A lot of automakers want that control.”

Question: Some brands are embracing Google and Apple and allowing them to have more involvement with infotainment and in-car communications, some want to go their own way… Personally, I miss the old days when you could only choose between AM or FM, but what do you think. Should car makers give over communications and infotainment to Apple and Google, or go open-source?


2 Comments

  1. Andrew Riles
    June 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm — Reply

    Buttons and dials are old school, but I find them far more user friendly than touchscreens and menu based systems….

  2. Galaxy Being
    June 6, 2017 at 5:34 pm — Reply

    If I can run Google maps off an iPhone by pressing an icon on a touch screen, then happy days. If not, then this is massive fail.

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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.