Despite being listed as a partner company on Apple’s CarPlay page, Toyota currently has “no plans to adopt […] CarPlay in the United States,” according to an article from The New York Times. The report mostly examines how Google and Apple are vying to develop the best in-car dashboard systems.
John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, noted that the company is in frequent talks with both companies, but that the car maker currently prefers to use its “own in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions.” Hanson conceded that the company may “eventually wind up there,” which may explain why Toyota remains a CarPlay partner, but the lack of any specific plans in this case raises questions about how soon CarPlay may actually be coming to new vehicles from any of Apple’s listed CarPlay partners. While it also remains unclear as to whether Toyota may implement CarPlay in other markets — considering that Hanson specifically limited his comments to the company’s U.S.
operations — it’s worth noting that as a national manager, he likely wouldn’t comment on what Toyota’s plans may be outside of the U.S..