Nowadays drivers expects their smartphones and cars to consistently work together. Google and Apple both are offering their respective services for connecting the phones to their car’s infotainment systems but the car industry is no ready to completely surrender the center console to silicon valley. Toyota and Ford has been improbable partners in this area of interest. A few years back with the AppLink Ford decided to give a selective number of mobile applications developer the capability to combine their Sync infotainment system with their smartphone apps. Then open source it under the SmartDeviceLink moniker back in the year of 2013 and the company Toyota was one of the first third party car developers to adopt it for its vehicles. Now they both have launched the SDL (SmartDeviceLink) association to continue the development of this technology. In addition to Toyota, PSA Group, Suzuki, Ford, Mazda and Fuji Heavy are joining the group other of the group members include Luxoft, Xevo Elektrobit while QNX and Harman have signed letters to propose in joining the group.
When the company Ford open-sourced its SDL, it contributed in the technology to GENIVI Alliance. If you look at it its homepage and you will not find Toyota or Ford as members. “Lately, GENIVI may have not been the impartial body in the world”. Ford’s Global manager of mobile application David Hatton, said that indeed as Doug VanDagens, Ford’s company representative on the SDL Consortium board, noted numerous times while the conversation was occurring, the group mainly aims to give all the members a voice but remain impartial. It is one of the reasons that the companies decided to set up their own governing architecture instead of going to the Linux Foundation or going to some similar organization for help. “Neither Toyota nor Ford individual OEM`s will be having the supervising influence. “He noted and added that the company itself is truly sceptic as how OEM’s build SDL into their products and cars. The SDL company will host its code on the GitHub and will take the contributions from anywhere.
It is upto individuals OEM and vehicle manufacturers in the end to perform their own test and manage their own programs for developers. So when the developers will able to note down one application that will run in all SDL well matched vehicles. It is up to the OEMs and manufacturers to make decision that what will the combination best suited for the cars. SDL does not order what the actual user of the vehicle experience for example:
Hatton and VanDagens believed that the car manufacturers are looking for this while there is Ford, For example, Offers support for SDL, Apple’s CarPlay and Android Autopilot and other car manufacturers would surely support a world in which they remain in control. This company for developers opens up the possibility that the applications they write for SDL will now be supported by a huge number of Cars in the long run. Comparably the car manufacturers involved in it can invest in a single platform and keeping peace with the innovations coming out of the Mountain view and Cupertino. The company, as Hatton elaborates had already worked out a roadmap of new features that will soon be in SDL which includes passing through of voice for example, deeper integration, mobile investigation, wireless projection, navigation services also some new features to add more of the intelligence in the new car.