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Toyota Finally Embraces Android Auto and CarPlay

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Feb 8, 2019, 12:07 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

After holding out longer than most auto makers, Toyota's new 2020 lineup includes, for the first time, a variety of models that support both Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto. The new models include the 2020 4Runner, Sequoia, Tacoma, and Tundra. Last year's Avalon supported CarPlay, but not Android Auto. The two technologies are comparable, letting the driver sync their phone to the car and display an interface on the dash touchscreen that's driven by the phone, and includes voice control. The interfaces are tailored to driving, with a focus on navigation, music, and basic communication. Other car companies already supporting both CarPlay and Android Auto are: Chrysler (and Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Ram), Ford (and Lincoln), GM (Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, GMC), Honda (and Acura), Hyundai (and Kia), Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, VW (and Audi), and Volvo.

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Feb 8, 2019, 7:17 PM

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I prefer simplicity over options. Driving is an activity that should garner our full attention; therefore, the fewer in-dash distractions, the better.
Android Auto and CarPlay are designed to help with that. They make a lot of functions hands-free that would normally require looking at and touching a control. The touch controls they do have are huge, and a lot more driving-friendly than the touch-sc...
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