Toyota has finally relented. It has been one of the biggest car manufacturers to not offer Android Auto support in its vehicles but that’s set to change now. The Japanese auto giant has confirmed at the Chicago Auto Show that it’s bringing Android Auto to six models, initially. Four of the six models that are receiving support for Android Auto happen to be pickup trucks.
It was first rumored in the fall of last year that Toyota could announce Android Auto support for some of its new models. Toyota has long been focused on developing own system based on Automotive Grade Linux which relies on Ford’s SmartDeviceLink to enable select phone apps to be mirrored on a car’s screen.
The 2020 4Runner, 2018 Aygo, and 2020 models of the Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra. The 2019 Yaris is going to receive it as well but only in Europe. Both the Aygo and Yaris hatchbacks aren’t sold in the United States. It’s interesting to note that Toyota hasn’t decided to introduce Android Auto with volume sellers like the Corolla which many would think would be a more apt decision. The company hasn’t revealed any information about other models that might potentially get Android Auto support as well.
It’s not like Toyota has been completely averse to these platforms. It said in January last year that Apple CarPlay will be included in the 2019 Avalon in addition to other sedans and small SUVs. All of these new models that are getting Android Auto will also have support for Apple CarPlay.