Toyota Currently Has No Plans to Support CarPlay or Android Auto in U.S.

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While Toyota has long been listed as one of Apple's CarPlay partners, the third best-selling auto brand in the U.S. currently has no plans to offer vehicles with the feature in that country, as noted in a New York Times overview of the race between Google and Apple to own the dashboard. Toyota also has no plans to offer Android Auto support in the U.S.
    While Toyota is ruling out the U.S. market for CarPlay support for the time being, the company has not made any firm announcement about support in other countries. Shortly after Apple's CarPlay announcement, Toyota's UK division briefly posted a blog entry claiming CarPlay would be coming in 2015, but the company quickly backtracked on the claim.

    Today's report from The New York Times focuses more on Android Auto than on CarPlay, likely due in large part to Apple refusal to comment for the piece. Still, it offers a glimpse of the struggles auto manufacturers have had developing in-car systems and their reluctance to turn that experience over to Apple and Google.

    With consumer preference driving the market, however, many manufacturers now see little choice but to support both CarPlay and Android Auto. Vehicles supporting both systems are expected to be hitting showrooms in the near future, with Hyundai likely one of the first out of the gate.

    Article Link: Toyota Currently Has No Plans to Support CarPlay or Android Auto in U.S.
  2. farewelwilliams macrumors 68020

    Jun 18, 2014
    what car manufacturer wants to support Apple after all the Apple car rumors now?
  3. hattonna928 macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2014
    When will car companies realize that they can't make this kind of stuff... The interfaces for these systems are all terrible. It doesn't matter what brand it is either: Honda, Ford, Toyota, Chevrolet, etc. None of them make good "infotainment" systems. Clunky and difficult to use is an understatement. They make cars. They need to give up and let Apple and Google do the software...
  4. Greenstein macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    HUGE disappointment for those of us in the United States that are a fan of Toyota vehicles. While I'm not likely to get a new car for another 2-4 years, I sincerely hope they've changed their mind by then. If not, I might have to look to a different vehicle brand.

    I'm the type of person that holds onto their car for 10 years (if possible), so when I do make the move for my next vehicle (was hoping it would be Toyota again), I'll have to do a full evaluation.

    Carplay isn't everything and who knows, maybe it'll be something completely different than what it is today, but these are my current thoughts based on this news today.
  5. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2008
    This reminds me of Verizon not going along with the whole iPhone thing in early 2007 and letting AT&T have that luxury until 2011. Not sure that was the best idea...
  6. IbisDoc macrumors 6502a

    Apr 17, 2010
    Fortunately, I've never had the urge to buy a car from that company.
  7. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2003
    "we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms"

    Clearly not thinking about what the consumer wants.
  8. coolfactor macrumors 601

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    I never expected this from Toyota, but I guess they see it as a way of differentiating themselves. Too bad that will drive potential customers to other brands. I just can't see how their proprietary system could be better in any way.


    Toyotas are quality machines.
  9. mejsric macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2013
    This is reason why Apple should make thier own car.

    Like Intel story. Don't support then we will make our own chips.

    Map. Don't support then we will make our own map.
  10. StoneJack macrumors 65816


    Dec 19, 2009
    I wonder if Honda or Nissan will hijack that opportunity, mostly probably Honda and Koreans like Hyundai. On the other hand, thats not a big deal because recent Pioneer and Alpine aftermarket headunits support CarPlay. You can install Pioneer with CarPlay even in older car (I am thinking about my Highlander)
  11. teknishn macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2006
    Stupid on their part. They make stupid info/tainment systems that could never compete with google or apple. Why waste the resources on crap that is inferior.
  12. nfl46 macrumors 604


    Oct 5, 2008
    Wow, that's huge! Toyota is VERY VERY popular in the states! Damn, Apple...
  13. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    I love my Toyota, but man their interface is unintuitive and ugly.

    I have a feeling Toyota will change their tune, the market will speak.
  14. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
    The Toyota user interface is horrendous... Horrendous....
  15. rezenclowd3 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2004
    Undoing the work of Priuses: burning gas & rubber
    And when will everyone else realize touch screens and infotainment screens in general are dangerous in cars.
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    Snoozin macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2015
    It's understandable why Toyota would decline, but customers will demand it and they will inevitably include it.
  17. rmatthewware macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2009
    Let me go ahead and scratch Toyota off my potential-next-car list.
  18. Michael07 macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2008
    Just last week I replaced my Toyota Prius C radio with the Pioneer AVH-4000NEX as the entune software is horrible. $900 later, I'm extremely satisfied and frustrated Toyota thinks their software is good.
  19. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    BMW probably won't be supporting CarPlay or Android Auto any time soon either.
    They're dug in way too deep with their own iDrive interface and ConnectedDrive technology.
    And there will a revamped iDrive interface starting with the next-gen 7 Series.

    But whatever. Siri works fine with iDrive + ConnectedDrive for phone / text / nav.
    The last thing I want to do is reach over to a touchscreen and try to tap little icons while I'm driving.
  20. AudiA4 macrumors member

    May 6, 2002
    Little Rock, AR
    #21 if they needed yet another layer of "lame" to pile on their product lineup.

    Reliable they may be, but there's more passion and desire to be found in a bag of peanuts.
  21. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Well that's Toyota's loss then, it should be a default that they have the normal system and the Apple and Android systems built in the car by default. In my opinion anyway.
  22. groovyd Suspended


    Jun 24, 2013
    Unfortunately customer demand isn't that dedicated nor coercive. Customer's will complain for all of a second (or not at all) and then buy the car anyway and they clearly know this. I think it is safe to assume Toyota isn't supporting this because no other car companies are either. It is clear they have had their back room meeting on this.

    What car company is releasing a car with Car Play in it this year? How many of their cars will have it as an option?
  23. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2007
    Lomita, CA
    They already weren't on my list. I'm likely going to end up buying a Mazda3 on the low end and an Audi A3 on the high end. Both great cars that have a big question mark when it comes to CarPlay support, but ultimately that likely just determines whether I pay them for whatever tech package would support it. I want CarPlay in my next car, but I can always just get an aftermarket head unit if it'll fit (definitely not the Audi :p).
  24. JNGold macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2009
    Uh oh. Not good for Lexus. I'm loving my CT-H and have had several IS's over the past few years. The iPod interface and GPS UI is serviceable but could use a CarPlay makeover.

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