Toyota has famously avoided Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two in-car software platforms that bring the functionality and feel of a smartphone to the vehicle's central screen.
The vehicle, unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show 2018, features the automaker's newest Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, including the Toyota Connected Services.
For years, Toyota has always preferred finding its own solution for drivers' dashboards, starting with its own proprietary system and eventually moving to Ford's SmartDeviceLink in 2016.
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A Toyota spokesman, commenting to MacRumors, noted that CarPlay will only be available via a wired connection, not wireless-a less-ideal implementation for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X owners who prefer wireless charging and wireless CarPlay. Design wise, the new Avalon wears an even larger grille, slimmer headlights, more sharp creases on its sides and a more modern rear end.
This is quite surprising as a mass market feature like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are some of the things which a carmaker like Toyota should have acted quickly on. Unlike other Toyota vehicles, this one was designed and manufactured in the United States. Recently, Toyotal was among the few automotive holdouts without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility.
It does mention that the Avalon will feature Toyota's first integration of smartwatch or Amazon Alexa-enabled device connectivity.