LAS VEGAS: Ford and GM have opened their portals for app developers to make oriented and completely new apps for the ecosystem of smartphones and their dashboard. The two launched Web sites with nearly identical URLs, developer.ford.com and developer.gm.com, to support independent development of apps for their cars.
Ford already has around 20 tested and implemented 20 apps in its Sync AppLink system, with nine new apps announced at the show.
GM has made available some vehicle info like fuel consumption and speed to the developer to apply their innovation and come up with remarkable apps. Seems like automobile giants do not want to stay behind from the far east manufacturers in any concerns of technology and market readiness.
The bid is not just to make applications to connect to smartphones, but apps native to the vehicle, connected more deep rooted to the car ecosystem.
To head off complaints about developers having to build apps for a dozen different automotive platforms, Ford also took the extraordinary step of saying it would let other automakers use its Sync AppLink platform, free of charge.
(curtsey:GM & Cnet)
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