SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology connects a driver’s smartphone with their vehicle, allowing drivers and passengers to access their favorite SDL-compatible apps via the in-vehicle touchscreen.
BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 3, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Xevo Inc., the global leader in connected car software and smart automotive user experiences, today announced that its SmartDeviceLink (SDL) smartphone-and-vehicle-linking technology became available in entry head unit models as an embedded solution in Toyota vehicles in Japan in early December. The technology will also become available in Toyota vehicles around the world over the next two years. SDL technology connects a driver’s smartphone with their vehicle, allowing drivers and passengers to access smartphone apps and functions via an easy-to-use interface on the in-vehicle touchscreen. Incorporating Xevo’s SDL technology into vehicles allows Toyota to deliver a robust connected car experience that allows consumers to interact with their favorite apps safely, effectively, and securely while they are on the go.
The Xevo SDL technology is powered by the company’s Journeyware suite, which delivers the customization consumers expect from connected cars by seamlessly integrating their digital lives into their vehicles. The Journeyware™ suite of automotive products is the only data-management software solution to offer a truly personalized consumer driving experience and uncover new business opportunities for automobile manufacturers. Journeyware uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, and powerful data analysis tools to help automakers better understand their customers, making it possible for them to deliver truly personalized driving experiences.
“We enjoy working with Toyota as a partner and are excited to incorporate our SDL technology into Toyota’s vehicles in Japan,” said Dan Gittleman, CEO of Xevo. “SDL and Journeyware give automakers a competitive edge by providing consumers with a truly robust and intuitive connected car experience that exceeds consumers’ expectations. We look forward to more consumers being able to enjoy the personalized Xevo in-vehicle experience.”
“Xevo’s experience, forward-thinking approach, and cross-platform development strategy meshes well with Toyota’s overarching goal of enhancing the driving experience and safety of all Toyota customers,” said Akio Yamamoto, General Manager of ITS & Connected Management Division, Toyota Motor Corporation. “Collaborating with Xevo to incorporate SDL technology into our vehicles allows us to offer our customers an enhanced in-vehicle experience, safely connecting drivers and their cars to mobile applications and services.”