Toyota is bringing Android Auto compatibility to select 2020 model year vehicles, opening the door for similar functionality in the Lexus lineup.
The announcement accompanied the debut of the updated Tacoma pickup at the Chicago Auto Show, where it was revealed that the Toyota truck/SUV lineup would all receive Android Auto as part of an improved infotainment system.
Toyota has long resisted the inclusion of Android Auto, citing safety and privacy concerns with the Google mobile operating system. These fears appear to been resolved.
Even so, Lexus has yet to commit to Android Auto — from Digital Trends:
There’s no word yet on whether Lexus, Toyota’s luxury division, will offer Android Auto compatibility as well. Chad Deschenes, a product trainer at the Lexus College, told Digital Trends the company is open to making the software available sooner or later but has no firm plans to do so. The company knows it’s a feature in hot demand, but Deschenes pointed out that a full 80 percent of Lexus owners own an Apple-powered device.