Samsung and Toyota to Connect Smartphones to Dashboards
Samsung and Toyota today announced a new partnership with the goal of integrating smartphones into the in-vehicle infotainment systems of Toyota's cars and trucks. The system will use MirrorLink to make the connection. The cars will use a user interface created by Toyota that is safer to operate when driving a vehicle than the user interface of the smartphone. The system will let drivers access music, location services, hands-free calling, voice interaction, and text-to-speech features of the smartphone through the dashboard. The two companies expect this service to reach commercialization in the second quarter of the year.
Google Brings Android Auto to Every Car via New Android App
Google today announced a new app for smartphones that gives everyone the opportunity to use Android Auto in their car. Android Auto has been available to select cars with in-dash screens for about two years.
Toyota and Uber Partner On Ridesharing
Toyota and Uber today announced a partnership that will see the two companies collaborate on several new initiatives. The idea is to establish new services that can benefit Toyota and Uber's shared customers.
AT&T Updates Car Connection Device and Services
AT&T today announced Car Connection 2.0, a plug-in module and monthly service for cars that allows users to track their vehicles and myriad other functions. Car Connection 2.0 costs $99 for the module and $10 per month for data service.
Android Auto Hits the Play Store for Lollipop Phones
Google today made Android Auto, its platform for connecting to car-based infotainment systems, available as an app in the Play Store. With the app and compatible car, Android smartphone owners will be able to access navigation, calls and messaging, Google Search, and their music through the car's screen rather than their phone.