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Posted 03 June 2015 - 01:50 PM

Toyota announced today that it may adopt the SmartDeviceLink (SDL) protocol, which is the open-source version of Ford's smartphone-linking technology, called Ford AppLink.

Toyota would integrate SDL into its infotainment system, allowing drivers to command and control smartphone apps through dashboard buttons, display screens and voice recognition.

SDL competes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a smartphone-mirroring API for car infotainment systems. SDL, however, can be customized by each automaker to have a unique-looking interface.

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Toyota's Entune infotainment system as it looks today.

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