Automakers are selling more and more smartphones and laptops, often at prices lower than those on sale at major retailers.
In addition, automakers are also turning to consumers for the technology needed to run their vehicles.
In this Oct. 27, 2016, file photo, Samsung Electronics Corp. employees walk past the booth of Korean electronics maker Samsung Electronics Co. in Seoul.
(AP Photo/Cho Chung-hee) As more consumers switch to smartphones and other mobile devices, they are increasingly turning to tech for help with navigation, connectivity and battery life.
For automakers, that means turning to their customers for assistance in making smart mobility products that offer both the convenience of a smartphone and the performance and safety of a car.
The companies most recently to embrace this trend include Apple Inc., which recently unveiled its Apple CarPlay platform, which can be used to streamline navigation and access apps from Apple’s mobile device cloud.
The company has also announced a partnership with Chinese company Xinzhou to provide mobile app-like functionality to a new vehicle-as-a-service.
Other automakers have begun to make their own devices available for the ride-hailing industry.
In August, Ford Motor Co. announced it would sell a smartphone app that enables passengers to use a car-mounted Bluetooth speaker to communicate with a connected car.
Tesla Motors Inc. is offering a smart mobility app called Tesla Connect, which allows drivers to see the distance to other vehicles and adjust their speed in real-time.
More from the WSJ:Automakers say the rise in smartphone use is due to the ubiquity of apps and services such as Uber and Lyft, and a surge in ride-sharing services.
They say they have been working with these companies to create apps that are accessible and easy to use, and are also focused on improving battery life and reliability.
The automakers said the apps would be available in both Android and iOS.
The companies also said they were exploring other ways to monetize the apps, including offering them to car owners as incentives.
The technology used to power the devices has been designed to be easy to customize.
In the past, automakers have made their cars more fuel-efficient by using the engine’s energy-saving powertrain.
The cars can also charge at night by charging in the car’s cabin.
In other words, automakers will be able to sell more cars and drive more miles, even as they also can’t drive them as much as the consumers who use them.
The rise of smartphones is also helping to fuel a trend that is also happening with auto parts.
Automakers are increasingly offering parts for the cars they make, and they are using a wide variety of materials.
In some cases, the automakers have been able to combine a vehicle’s parts with other parts from the same model to create a single, more efficient, but more expensive product.
In the case of a vehicle that is a little more expensive, automakers can use parts from a different manufacturer.
In that case, the manufacturers may have to pay a fee for parts, or have to take a portion of the revenue generated from the sales of a specific vehicle to offset the cost of parts.