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Ford, Toyota Form Telematics Bloc to Stymie Google and Apple

  • Mazda, PSA, Fuji and Suzuki join to ensure connectivity choice
  • Carmakers worry tech giants may control infotainment and more
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Race To Build Self-Driving Cars Accelerates

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Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have formed a consortium with four medium-size automakers to speed development of auto-industry standards for in-vehicle apps, a step toward preventing Apple Inc. and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their cars and trucks.

Ford and Toyota said that Mazda Motor Corp., PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corp. joined their SmartDeviceLink Consortium. The non-profit group’s goal is to promote more choice in how smartphones get connected to in-vehicle technologies like dashboard displays and voice recognition, and in other programming, Ford and Toyota said in a joint statement Wednesday.