Some 2018 Toyotas can get Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa
Toyota is adding Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa to its 2018 Camry and Sienna cars. Earlier this year, Toyota announced that the two features would be available on many 2019 and most 2020 vehicles, starting with the 2019 Toyota Avalon. To install Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa on 2019 Camrys and Siennas, owners will need to return to Toyota dealerships after being notified.
“We are always striving to bring highly desirable services to our vehicles. This new program enables CarPlay and Amazon Alexa on some of our most popular vehicles already on the road…It’s a great opportunity to surprise and delight our existing customers,”
said Steve Basra, Toyota Motor North America’s vice president of Connected Technologies.
Toyota to Halt Dedicated Short-Range Communications
Toyota’s announcement also said that they have paused their plans to install Dedicated Short-Range Communications on cars starting in 2021. The decision was made due to a lack of commitment from the automative industry and support from the federal government for 5.9 GHz spectrum, according to the press release.
Smart Technology in Other Cars— Is it Secure?
Toyota is not the only car company to incorporate smart home elements into their cars. Last summer, Volkswagen announced that they were investing about four billion dollars in new IoT products, including a cloud computing platform to connect customers with their cars. Given the cybersecurity issues of connected devices, some companies are making products to prevent cars from being hacked. BlackBerry, for example, has created Jarvis, a software described as a “one-of-its-kind cloud-based static binary code scanning solution that identifies vulnerabilities in software used in automobiles.” While the software has uses in many industries, including defense, aerospace, and healthcare, BlackBerry is focusing first on the auto industry. As cars becoming increasingly connected to the Internet and as the industry moves towards self-driving cars, relay attacks become an evermore relevant issue.