Ford rolls out SDK for mobile developers

Ford rolls out SDK for mobile developers

Summary: Ford launched a software development kit (SDK) so developers can tailor their smartphone apps for voice recognition and in-car usage.

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Ford on Friday launched a software development kit (SDK) so developers can tailor their smartphone apps for voice recognition and in-car usage.

The automaker, which made the announcement at CTIA, said it is looking to build an ecosystem for its Ford Sync system, which primarily depends on voice recognition.

Ford's game plan is pretty clear: Leverage existing apps its drivers already know and make them car friendly.

According to the company, mobile developers seem to be into the in-car experience. Ford says it has reviewed more than 1,000 submissions from developers submitting new apps or modifying existing ones. Ford also launched a developer Web site.

Pandora, Stitcher and Orangatame's OpenBeak are the first partners to incorporate Sync's application interface.

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Topics: Mobility, Software Development

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  • I sincerely hope...

    That there is no physical connection between the cars functions and the sync system itself. Literally, no link whatsoever between car functions and the entertainment system. i.e. the very worst that could ever happen, a hacker messes with your GPS route or causes Barry Manilow to play constantly as opposed to killing the ECU.

    If so, sounds like a good way to distinguish themselves in the industry.

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
  • RE: Ford rolls out SDK for mobile developers

    @Triple II... Are you still wearing that tin foil hat?

    Seriously?
    unredeemed
    • What tinfoil hat?

      @unredeemed
      If hackers can do something, just to prove they can, they will. I don't see anything wrong with two completely isolated systems. Not because of "Government" or "OS Wars" or whatever.

      I could be wrong, but maybe, just maybe Ford's software and/or SDK has a software flaw or two. Certainly NOBODY ever tries to make malicious software anywhere in the world.

      TripleII
      TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
      • RE: Ford rolls out SDK for mobile developers

        @TripleII

        As far as I know, Sync has never been hacked. Which must be doubly upsetting to ABMers since Sync is running Windows (Windows Automotive, a version of Windows Embedded to be more precise).
        Qbt