Toyota Recalls More Than 2 Million Vehicles In US
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 24: The Toyota logo is displayed on the front of a brand new RAV4 at a Toyota dealership on February 24, 2011 in Oakland, California. Toyota announced today that it will recall nearly 2.2 million vehicles that have floor mats that could interfere with their gas pedals. The list of cars to be recalled includes 761,000 2006-10 RAV4, 603,000 2003-09 4Runner models and 17,000 2008-11 Lexus LX 570 models. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

Why Toyota And Ford Are Teaming Up Against Apple And Google

Toyota and Ford are ready to buddy up to defend their vehicle dashboards as tech-industry bigwigs Google and Apple introduce in-car entertainment and navigation systems.

The partnership between the two automakers will explore how to integrate smartphone applications into new vehicles, reported Bloomberg. The fight for the dashboard is critical for the likes of Ford and Toyota who want to maintain control of their car designs.

Meanwhile, Apple recently launched its CarPlay offering, and Google released its Android Auto in a bid to dominate connectivity in cars, a feature meant to attract younger customers looking for tech-laden rides.

By 2020, nearly 31 million vehicles could feature Apple's CarPlay, and another 37 million could have Android Auto, according to IHS Automotive. That growth rate would trace the rise of Bluetooth and auxiliary-cord inputs that we've seen over the last 10 years, according to IHS analyst Mark Boyadjis.

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