Ford, Toyota Form SmartDeviceLink Consortium

Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor said Wednesday that they are forming SmartDeviceLink Consortium, a nonprofit organization working to manage an open source software platform with the goal of giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road.

SmartDeviceLink provides consumers easy access to smartphone apps using voice commands and in-vehicle displays. Adopting the open source platform gives automakers and suppliers a uniform standard with which to integrate apps.

Mazda Motor Corporation, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corporation are the first automaker members of the consortium. Elektrobit, Luxoft, and Xevo join as the first supplier members. Harman (HAR), Panasonic, Pioneer and QNX have signed letters of intent to join.

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