Details on the Next-Generation Lexus Infotainment System

Lexus Infotainment System

This week at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Toyota announced an agreement with Ford to use the SmartDeviceLink platform in future versions of their infotainment systems.

The SDL platform will allow users access to their smartphone apps through the automotive interface, and will compete against Google’s AndroidAuto and Apple’s CarPlay — here’s a wordy video explaining the basics:

This does not mean that Toyota (or Lexus) will be using the FordSync infotainment system, but that apps will work with vehicles from both manufacturers. The hope is that all automakers adopt the same standards, providing a credible alternative to the tech company initiatives.

(Despite a fundamental misunderstanding of the agreement, I enjoyed the Jalopnik article on this topic.)