Toyota upgrades their Technology

RAV4 to be first Toyota to receive no-cost Apple CarPlay/Android Auto retrofit

If you own a car you get use to its control systems.  David Brown asked what if you borrow one.

In the future, rather than own a car, we might share vehicles as we need them.

But with modern technology, it can take a while to get comfortable with the particular controls of a different vehicle.

A few years ago, Toyota told me that would always have their own interface design between driver and the infotainment system.

But now they will add smartphone-mirroring technology to selected models.

Apple Car play and Android Auto means you can get the familiar controls of your phone on the car screen or via voice commands.

Toyota Australia’s move leaves Nissan as the only other top-10 brand to not offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto