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Toyota, Ford lead group linking cars with smartphones

New consortium is outgrowth of SmartDeviceLink collaboration

LAS VEGAS -- Ford Motor of the U.S. and Japan's Toyota Motor will work with four other automakers to better integrate smartphones and in-car media systems, the pair said Wednesday.

The car companies are forming the SmartDeviceLink, or SDL, Consortium, following up on an agreement in 2015 to explore putting the in-car application interface pioneered by Ford to work in Toyota vehicles. Mazda Motor, Subaru maker Fuji Heavy Industries, Suzuki Motor and France's PSA Group have joined as well.

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