“In Apple’s CarPlay, Siri, the voice-controlled assistant, guides the system, and the company provided specifications to automakers to ensure that a user’s voice is easily understandable while inside the car,” Aaron M. Kessler and Brian X. Chen report for The New York Times. “If a user’s car has a touch screen or control knobs, CarPlay can be controlled that way as well.”

“Google has taken similar steps to make sure that consumers can speak as they normally do,” Kessler and Chen report. “But despite the momentum building in Silicon Valley, not all automakers are sold on the idea of giving up their dashboards to the tech giants. John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, said while the company talked frequently with both Google and Apple, it currently had no plans to adopt Android Auto or CarPlay in the United States. ‘We may all eventually wind up there, but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,’ Mr. Hanson said.”

Kessler and Chen report, “One of the most widespread adopters will be Ford, which this year will begin offering both Android Auto and CarPlay in conjunction with the revamping of the automaker’s much-criticized Sync system. By the end of 2016, they will be available on all Fords sold in the United States.”

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[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

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