Waze, Parking & Home Devices coming to Toyota & Ford Dashes without CarPlay or Android Auto

Open source SmartDeviceLink (SDL) for in-vehicle connectivity is working with partners to bring navigation, parking and thermostat control capability to your car’s dashboard. It will soon bring Waze, ParkU and Honeywell Lyric functions. SmartDeviceLink is currently supported by Ford and Toyota as

Drivers may soon be able use Waze – the free, real-time crowdsourced traffic and navigation app – to find the quickest route through traffic and receive advanced warnings of accidents and hazards right from their vehicle dashboard. As the world’s biggest community-based traffic and navigation app, Waze also lets drivers add friends, send locations and keep others posted of their arrival time. With SmartDeviceLink, Waze can be displayed and controlled using the incar touch screen.

ParkU, one of Europe’s largest parking apps, enables drivers to find, book and pay for private and public parking spaces. ParkU has access to more than 6 million spaces. ParkU allows drivers can find, book and pay for parking spaces, in urban areas, parking garages and at the airport; with information on more than six million parking spaces in over 30 countries.

Also coming to the dashboard, Honeywell’s Lyric thermostat lets drivers use voice controls to set the temperature of their home. Internet of Things app Honeywell Lyric allows drivers to simply say, “Set temperature” or “Increase temperature at home” to ensure the heating at home is just right, the moment they walk in the door.

“SmartDeviceLink, makes it easy for developers to integrate their apps with in-vehicle displays and voice controls,” Kenichi Murata, a board member of SmartDeviceLink Consortium as well as Group Manager in the Connected Vehicles division at Toyota. “Waze, Honeywell and Park U are excellent examples of how SDL can bring new, helpful apps into the vehicle.”

Mobile navigation apps require a USB cable to connect the smartphone to the in-car system.