The OEM’s answer to CarPlay and Android Auto?

You might have missed a quiet announcement of great significance last week: Toyota would be joining Ford in supporting SmartDeviceLink (SDL). IMHO, that’s great news for the industry. I’m a huge fan of SDL because I think it solves the problems of mobile to car connectivity in the right way.Here’s a look at the current field for connecting cars to phones:
Apple CarPlay. Lets you get iOS apps into the car head-unit, following the look and feel guidelines set by Apple, and works only on Apple devi


The auto smartphone integration issues are now down to 3: Apple, Google, and Ford’s SDL. SDL is really the open version of Ford’s AppLink, and as a hosted project on GENIVI there is some work to be done to give the fit and finish for each car and brand. That’s good news because customization is what the industry wants, and brand identity that goes with it.

Automakers Concerned About Google Data-Mining Us In The Car

Unless you live a very isolated, disconnected existence, you’re probably leaving quite the trail for Google. Are you ready to leave more of a trail about how you stay connected in your car? Of course we already do drive around with GPS-tagging, server-connecting smartphones in our vehicles.


Vehicle data storage and sharing is already an issue – before Google started mining your car. Try Bluetooth on your next rental car and see your private contacts be uploaded to the car and left there! This will only get worse, and Google’s Android Auto does not really care – all phones used in the car get treated equally open and shared. I wonder if Ford’s SDL has the same issues?

Linux World Domination Creates Shortage of Linux-Skilled Workers (2 Short Videos) – Slashdot

Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin doesn’t use the phrase ‘world domination’ in these videos, but he could. He lists enough computing niches where GNU/Linux is the major player — from supercomputers to the next generation of automotive systems — that with or without world domination, …


The shortage of available workers is a classic scenario when an economy is growing. This economy is the Linux economy, and growth into cars and other parts of IoT is driving the machine. 

Android Auto vs. Apple CarPlay: Google and Apple battle for dashboard dominance

Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto have arrived on the scene and are now very comfortably nestled into the dashboard of CNET’s test car. I’ve been using the two dueling smartphone integration systems for a few months now — 8 months, to be exact, for CarPlay and 2 with Android Auto — so I think it’s time that we address the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Which one is better?


You cannot deny the ubiquity of the Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto in cars coming soon. Get used to this interface, although you may already be since it feels like your phone. Will safety of the user interface be better than fumbling around and dropping the phone between the seats occasionally? I think so. Will it add value to a carmakers brand? I think not. Can anyone stop the trend? Not likely.

Will your self-driving car be programmed to kill you if it means saving more strangers?

The computer brains inside autonomous vehicles will be fast enough to make life-or-death decisions. But should they? A bioethicist weighs in on a thorny problem of the dawning robot age.


The concept of your car being smarter than you is generally unattractive to most people that will be buyers of cars in the future. The missing element is a conscience, a uniquely human possession. Consciences demand moral training and are influenced by the environment each of us live in. I don’t think anyone will be able to train a robot or car to replicate that and own the liability that goes with it.

ustwo | Auto Blog on Design

With the ongoing integration of advanced computer systems into vehicles, the interfaces within are becoming ever-more complex. As the prime points of interaction between driver and car, these ‘human–machine interfaces’ (HMI) demand great care and attention from manufacturers, designers and engineers alike.

To that end, we have produced an eBook and 5-part blog where we look into this phenomenon of growing in-car HMI complexity. We explore our belief that an interface should match the evocative nature and elegance of an automobile’s exterior and interior design. We also outline our key thoughts on how, in partnership with manufacturers, we can bring an extra layer of care into the design of compelling experiences, in order to tame the beast that is in-car HMI.

As always, we welcome your feedback and views on this exciting subject. Please do contact us if you want to chat about any aspects of the eBook in further detail.

From all of us at ustwo, we hope you enjoy it.


Amazing what happens when design precedes engineering. ustwo came up with some remarkably effective and simple UX designs for the car, and they released them into the open source community.

Range Rover remotely wheels its way towards autonomous driving | TU Automotive

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed some of the prototype technologies that its UK research team are developing to deliver autonomous driving in the future. The Rover Sport research vehicle demonstrates how a driver could drive the vehicle from outside the car via their smartphone. A smartphone app includes control of steering, accelerator and brakes as well as changing from high and low gear ratios.


4MPH parking aid does not count as autonomous driving in my opinion, but the multi-point ‘spin the car” feature might be handy in my driveway. I can see the Open Source RVI project that JLR is working on being a key part of the link to a smartphone and the vehicle controls.

Daimler and Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Carmaker Daimler on Saturday announced a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm Inc. to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of


I rented a GMC Tahoe the other day, it had wireless charging. I have no idea for what device though, certainly not mine. The rubberized tray was a nice place to put my phone regardless.

After 5-6 tries hopefully this one will stick.

Driving The Connected Car onto the Open Road