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Toyota Says It Won’t be Adding CarPlay Support to Its Vehicles For Now

Toyota Says It Won’t be Adding CarPlay Support to Its Vehicles For Now

Although it was one of the first automakers to come on board with Apple’s CarPlay initiative, Japanese carmaker Toyota says it doesn’t have any plans to include the infotainment system in any of its vehicles for the foreseeable future.

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AppleInsider:

“We may all eventually wind up [with CarPlay or Android Auto], but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Toyota spokesperson John Hanson told the New York Times.

While Toyota remains reluctant to commit, U.S. automaker Ford is going to the other extreme, as it aims to make support for both CarPlay, and Android Auto available as an option in all of its vehicles sold in the U.S. by the end of 2016.

“We don’t want people to have to make a vehicle choice based on which mobile phone they have,” Ford executive Don Butler told the paper. “We want to accommodate all customers and their devices.”

Volkswagen is also pledging support for CarPlay, announcing at CES 2015 that Apple’s system will join Android Auto and MirrorLink in its vehicles by late 2015.

While CarPlay has shown a slower than expected rate of adoption among auto makers, they will likely begin to show more interest very soon, as Apple is including wireless CarPlay in its upcoming iOS 8.3 update.

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