2018 Toyota Camry’s New Infotainment System Will Run On Linux

The new Toyota Camry will be the first model of the brand to feature a new infotainment system that runs a Linux-based, open-source software in the US market.

Toyota has long opposed the use of Android Auto and Apple Car Play in its US range’s infotainment systems, as it disagrees with the user data strategy of both Google and Apple.

Instead, the Japanese company is adopting the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) platform, which also gives them the flexibility to customize the software, according to Reuters. Toyota is one of 10 global automakers working with suppliers and technology companies to jointly develop AGL.

Toyota is working with Mazda, Suzuki, Daimler and other for the development of the Linux-based platform in order to reduce development time and costs but more importantly in order to create an industry standard platform for infotainment purposes, eliminating the need to code systems from the ground up for each model. This platform will also be able to support future technologies, including autonomous driving functions and connected car services.

The new Camry is expected to be launched in the coming months fitted with the new AGL-based infotainment system, with the company planning to offer the new system to other Toyota and Lexus models in North America and other markets.

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  • Kannag Don Amenra

    It’s good to know that privacy concerns are a priority for the world’s largest manufacturer.

  • John

    when is toyota ever gonna change that uni-eye-eyebrow face of camry? the back looks decent and the interior looks very good imo.. but that front face is just annoying.

  • gfurry

    Privacy aside no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto takes Toyota off my list.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      I have Android auto in my CTS-V and I absolutely love it. It’s so easy and convenient.

    • Robert

      I agree. I also think this holds true for all automakers. And I’m not saying this because I’m a tech junkie either (far from it). But I had my first experience with Apple Carplay in a Chevrolet Cruze rental…and I have to say, I almost didn’t want to return the car because I enjoyed Carplay so much. It’s such a simple idea that just works. You take what is already familiar to the consumer (their phone) and use its interface, it’s genius! And not to mention safer by way of a familiar interface resulting in less distraction from the road.

  • Steve McQueen

    Going to be neat seeing people hacking these systems.

    e: for modification/customization and added functionality.

  • Karl

    One more reason to take Toyota off my shopping list!

    • alexxx

      it never was on your list,lets be honest :-))

      • Karl

        Shows how much you knows..

  • Robert

    I don’t understand why Toyota decided to reuse the center-stack design from the Venza. It was ugly and wonky in that car, and has the same result here.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Look at how ugly their cars are on the outside and you see why.

      • Robert

        …this is true. 😉

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