Xevo in the News: Toyota and Ford Launch SmartDeviceLink Consortium

CES 2017 was a very exciting time for automotive technology announcements. One of the biggest announcements coming from major automakers such as Toyota and Ford was the launch of the SmartDeviceLink Consortium. The Consortium was established for industry experts to work together to “accelerate [the] industry-driven standard for in-vehicle apps.” Xevo is a leading member of the Consortium.

Ford, Toyota, and other automakers and SDL partners, including Xevo, will be involved in the agnostic consortium technology to develop strategies for advancing SDL app development and other SDL technologies, with one of the end goals being to give consumers more choice for how they access in-vehicle apps.

At Xevo, we are proud to be a part of the Consortium, and are looking forward to working with others in the industry to advance automotive technology through SmartDeviceLink solutions. We are currently the industry-leading producer of out-of-the-box SmartDeviceLink solutions for OEMs and app developers.

Learn more about Consortium technology in these excerpts from some of the major news coverage surrounding the announcement:

Bloomberg Technology

“Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have formed a consortium with four medium-size automakers to speed development of auto-industry standards for in-vehicle apps, a step toward preventing Apple Inc. and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their cars and trucks.

Ford and Toyota said that Mazda Motor Corp., PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corp. joined their SmartDeviceLink Consortium. The non-profit group’s goal is to promote more choice in how smartphones get connected to in-vehicle technologies like dashboard displays and voice recognition, and in other programming, Ford and Toyota said in a joint statement Wednesday.” Read More


“For developers, this consortium opens up the possibility that the apps they write for SDL will now be supported by a far larger number of cars in the long run. Similarly, for the car manufacturers involved, that means they can invest in a single platform and (maybe) keep pace with the innovations coming out of Cupertino and Mountain View.

Hatton tells me that the consortium has already worked out a roadmap of new features that will soon come to SDL. These include voice passthrough, for example, as well as improved wireless projection and deeper integration with mobile navigation services, but also new features to add more intelligence to the car that will, in Hatton’s words, make for a ‘richer driving experience.'” Read More


“Ford, Toyota and a handful of other automakers have teamed up to form the nonprofit SmartDeviceLink Consortium…Elektrobit Automotive, Luxoft Holding and Xevo are already part of the SmartDeviceLink Consortium.

The goal, or at least part of it, is to loosen the death grip that Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto platforms currently have on the automotive infotainment system. But whereas those environments are dictated entirely by the tech companies behind the systems, SmartDeviceLink Consortium believes its solution will offer superior security and quality by opening development up to multiple parties.” Read More

Digital Trends

“SmartDeviceLink is based on Ford’s AppLink system, introduced in 2013. It’s meant to give app developers unfettered access to vehicle systems, with the hope that those developers will create more apps specifically tailored for cars. Ford and Toyota hope that getting more automakers and suppliers to sign on to SmartDeviceLink will help create a level of standardization, allowing developers to create a single version of a piece of software that be can used across a larger number of car models.

‘Connectivity between smartphones and the vehicle interface is one of the most important connected services,’ Shigeki Tomoyama, president of Toyota’s Connected Company, said in a statement. ‘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.’ Toyota plans to commercialize a telematics system using SmartDeviceLink around 2018.” Read More

To learn more about Xevo’s involvement in the Consortium, contact us today.


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