Toyota has revealed in a piece with the New York Times that it’s currently not planning to offer CarPlay on any of its vehicles in the United States, going back on being one of the first partners to announce CarPlay support last year.

John Hanson, the national manager of Toyota’s advanced technology communications, told the New York Times that while it talks frequently with Apple, Toyota currently has no plans to adopt CarPlay in the United States, but didn’t necessarily rule it out in the future. 

“We may all eventually wind up there, but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Hanson said. He also ruled out the possibility of Android Auto currently being implemented.

Hanson didn’t comment on an international rollout of CarPlay in its vehicles. In March 2014, the company wrote on its UK blog that it plans to have the first new vehicles with CarPlay out by 2015, until quickly back tracking with the statement: “No announcements have been made about if and when Apple CarPlay will arrive in Toyota cars.”

CarPlay, announced by Apple in 2013, will work with all Lightning-enabled iPhones (currently the 5, 5C, 5S, 6 / 6 Plus), allowing users to access Siri: Eyes Free mode, Apple Maps, telephone, music, and iMessage from their in-car dash. Several car makers have already confirmed support for Apple’s car initiative.

The New York Times piece published on Sunday is a good read, diving into the Apple and Google rivalry for your next car’s dashboard.

Source: New York Times

  • ChrisC

    Toyota’s in-house platform sucks, we’ve got a bunch of brand new 2013 and 2014 top of the range Hilux’s and the built in systems are well below par. 1980’s style.

    • @dongiuj

      1980’s style? What can and can’t it do?

      • ChrisC

        It looks like stereos did in the 80’s. Hooking up Bluetooth devices is painful as you need to register devices on the unit and the touch screen is like an early windows mobile device.

      • @dongiuj

        The screen is that green coloured one?

      • ChrisC

        The issue is, you have to go into Bluetooth and register a device, there in lies the problem. You should be able to set a pin on the head unit and then connect and enter the pin…. It’s a little converluded as all the head units I’ve used (pioneer and kenwood) you just need to connect on your phone and your done. You shouldn’t need to touch the head unit to setup Bluetooth.

      • @dongiuj

        The way I paired my client’s device:
        Switched on Bluetooth on the phone,
        Typed in pin on head unit under Bluetooth setting,
        Confirm on phone (one touch to do that),
        Every time she gets in the car it’s automatically paired. Nothing troubling about that.

      • “Hooking up Bluetooth devices is painful as you need to register devices on the unit and the touch screen is like an early windows mobile device.”

        Uhm, this isn’t the screen you’re angry about, is it? At first sight, doesn’t quite match your description of why it’s painful…

      • ChrisC

        What I meant is, it doesn’t function well. The touch screen on these sometimes need to be pressed a few times before they work. If I need to press it more than once it’s not reliable. They’re just not a nice touchscreen.

      • @dongiuj

        Didn’t have this problem with my client’s one. It’s not hyper sensitive but I didn’t have to push hard nor more than once. Different reactions from different people though I guess.


    That sucks.

  • James G

    The CarPlay rollout has been very underwhelming.

    • Rowan09

      I saw the new Pioneer App Radio which is $599 and it’s supports Car Play along with another Alpine head unit ($599) I saw in Best Buy.

      • James G

        I meant by vehicle manufacturers.

  • So now we know why Apple needs to make a car, because companies reject technology offered by Apple even when it’s better than their own offerings.

    Continuing the trend of things Apple will have to do because people reject them. They’ll likely have to become a record label to make streaming possible and a TV network to push the Apple TV forward.

  • AlanAudio

    I’ve been holding off replacing my current car in case somebody integrates CarPlay. I had regarded Toyota as a front runner, but now they’ve excluded themselves.

    My experience with recent cars is that the audio system is simply not up to modern expectations. The human interface is appalling, syncing is unreliable and BlueTooth connections can be flaky. Even tuning and storing a frequently used radio station was tremendously unintuitive on one car.

    I’ve got quite a flexible requirement for my next car, but one thing that is non-negotiable is to have an audio system that doesn’t irritate me. For some bizarre reason, car manufacturers seem determined to continue installing appalling electronics. The electronics is usual so tightly integrated with other aspects of the car that it’s not practical to swap it for a third party unit, so whatever is fitted is going to be a prominent feature of your driving experience until you sell that car. A poor system is a deal breaker for me.

    Before buying a new car, I either get one on loan for a few days, or hire one and perform a proper trial of all of the facilities. It doesn’t take long to spot any issues which might have gone unnoticed in a typical test drive. My wife recently had a Hyundai on loan for three days, but returned it within a couple of hours because there was no way that she was ever going to settle for it, even though the price was incredibly attractive. There were simply too many details that were wrong.

  • n0ahcruz3

    3 things are important to me when it comes to buying cars, 1) reliability 2) gas mileage 3) safety i could care less about carplay etc. im fine with Bluetooth.