Toyota Currently Has No Plans to Support CarPlay or Android Auto in U.S.

carplay_touchWhile Toyota has long been listed as one of Apple's CarPlay partners, the third best-selling auto brand in the U.S. currently has no plans to offer vehicles with the feature in that country, as noted in a New York Times overview of the race between Google and Apple to own the dashboard. Toyota also has no plans to offer Android Auto support in the U.S.

John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, said while the company talked frequently with both Google and Apple, it currently had no plans to adopt Android Auto or CarPlay in the United States.

“We may all eventually wind up there, but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Mr. Hanson said.

While Toyota is ruling out the U.S. market for CarPlay support for the time being, the company has not made any firm announcement about support in other countries. Shortly after Apple's CarPlay announcement, Toyota's UK division briefly posted a blog entry claiming CarPlay would be coming in 2015, but the company quickly backtracked on the claim.

Today's report from The New York Times focuses more on Android Auto than on CarPlay, likely due in large part to Apple refusal to comment for the piece. Still, it offers a glimpse of the struggles auto manufacturers have had developing in-car systems and their reluctance to turn that experience over to Apple and Google.

With consumer preference driving the market, however, many manufacturers now see little choice but to support both CarPlay and Android Auto. Vehicles supporting both systems are expected to be hitting showrooms in the near future, with Hyundai likely one of the first out of the gate.

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Top Rated Comments

hattonna928 Avatar
95 months ago
When will car companies realize that they can't make this kind of stuff... The interfaces for these systems are all terrible. It doesn't matter what brand it is either: Honda, Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, etc. None of them make good "infotainment" systems. Clunky and difficult to use is an understatement. They make cars. They need to give up and let Apple and Google do the software...
Score: 73 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DTphonehome Avatar
95 months ago
"we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms"

Clearly not thinking about what the consumer wants.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mathcolo Avatar
95 months ago
This reminds me of Verizon not going along with the whole iPhone thing in early 2007 and letting AT&T have that luxury until 2011. Not sure that was the best idea...
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
95 months ago
I never expected this from Toyota, but I guess they see it as a way of differentiating themselves. Too bad that will drive potential customers to other brands. I just can't see how their proprietary system could be better in any way.

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Fortunately, I've never had the urge to buy a car from that company.

Toyotas are quality machines.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IbisDoc Avatar
95 months ago
Fortunately, I've never had the urge to buy a car from that company.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmatthewware Avatar
95 months ago
Let me go ahead and scratch Toyota off my potential-next-car list.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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