Toyota Continues to Shun Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Toyota is still holding out on adding Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to its vehicles. 

Instead, Toyota opted to use a system from Telenav inc. called Scout GPS Link, which allows owners of Apple and Android phones to pull up directions and other navigation information on their phone, while still leaving Toyota in charge of its own infotainment, rather than turning over control to Google or Apple.

Toyota says that it is still evaluating the big name systems and that it has concerns over data protection and distraction levels. Unlike CarPlay and Android Auto, Toyota’s new system will allow users to split the display screen, allowing two different apps to be running at the same time.

General Motors, Volkswagen, Hyundai and just some of the major automakers who are adopting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The 2016 Tacoma will be the first Toyota vehicle to launch with the new Telenav infotainment setup.

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