Toyota Cars with Apple CarPlay
Passing laws and making decisions with regards to technology can be one of the most difficult things for a business or government to do. After all, the more maverick one is about adopting a platform early and eagerly, the less time that institution has to refine, perfect and patch it.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are two of those technologies that have quickly been adopted by a lot of the automotive market in lieu of manufacturer-produced technology. One of the holdouts on adoption of this technology has, to much discussion and controversy among drivers and industry insiders, been Toyota.
Why Don’t 2018 Toyota Vehicles Have Apple CarPlay?
Toyota vehicles had seemingly made the decision to forego including this projection and smartphone-platform-synchronizing technology for reasons of security. After all, with this technology being new and other automotive manufacturers adopting it without first extensively and thoroughly testing it, it was possible that there would have been a major security flaw which could have led to a data breach or worse.
With most of Toyota’s lineup including semi-autonomous and driver-assist features in the Toyota Safety Sense® suite, a security breach on a vehicle could have been a massively complicated and dangerous issue.
When Will Toyota Support Apple CarPlay?
Luckily, Toyota seems to have thoroughly tested and examined the software! With the announcement of both the 2019 Toyota Avalon and 2019 Toyota Corolla, we’ll see Apple CarPlay in Toyota models for the first time.
Drivers who have been waiting for these features before purchasing or leasing a new Toyota will be delighted by more than just this technology, however, as both the 2019 Corolla hatchback and 2019 Avalon see other great upgrades.
Do 2019 Toyota Models Support Android Auto?
Android Auto, Google version of Apple CarPlay, does not seem to be available on 2019 Toyota models. We expect to see it in the future, but with Android being an open platform compared to Apple’s tightly-regulated iOS, we expect that Toyota is continuing to test the software for any bugs or vulnerabilities.
Being mindful of users’ data and the security issues which could result from a breach is a major contributing factor in Toyota continuing to dominate as a perennial customer favorite.
Once we hear more about either of these technologies or Toyota announces more vehicles that include smartphone projection technology, we’ll be sure to let you know right here on the Toyota of Massapequa blog. If you have additional questions about 2019 Toyota models or Toyota technology, please reach out to us today!