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Mazda and Toyota announced a capital alliance in early August.

Toyota, Mazda collaborating on connected-car software

Shared system to debut in Camry this summer, Mazdas in fiscal 2018

| Japan

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor plan to jointly develop a smart-car control platform for their next-generation vehicles.

The Japanese automakers, which recently agreed to a capital tie-up, will share a core system in charge of car navigation, music and video, and connections to smartphones. Toyota is developing this "brain" powered by the open-source Linux operating system and is bringing in Mazda for further streamlining.

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