Ford is calling on developers to join the automaker in San Francisco this September for its second annual SYNC AppLink Developer Conference. It will be held in collaboration with TechCrunch Disrupt SF. It also makes sense to hold it in San Francisco because Ford recently expended its Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto.
The event challenges mobile app developers to help the Ford developer team create original apps that enhance or redefine the in-car SYNC experience for drivers by integrating their favorite apps or creating new ones that improve their time behind the wheel.
“Ford was the first automaker to host a developer conference, and at the event last year we experienced the power of innovation within the developer community,” said Doug VanDagens, global director, Connected Services Solutions at Ford Motor Company. “For the second annual hackathon, we hope to break new ground and discover new ways to enhance the in-car experience.”
Attendees will hear from the Ford Developer team and learn how to create in-vehicle features that explore capabilities presented with the availability of vehicle-generated data. Immediately following the conference, all developers can take part in a 24-hour hackathon, then present their ideas to a panel of judges and audience members. Hackathon winners will get the chance to present their product on the TechCrunch Disrupt stage. For more details and to register head here.
Ford says there are more than 90 AppLink-compatible smartphone apps running on iOS and Android devices around the world. The AppLink API (application programming interface) has been integrated into some of the world’s most popular smartphone apps, including Pandora, Spotify, Glympse, Sina Weibo and QQ Music. Through the Developer Program, Ford hopes to grow the app ecosystem even further, especially in new categories such as health and wellness, connected home, productivity and mobile payments.
Ford created SmartDeviceLink (SDL) by contributing the AppLink software to the open-source community. The goal is to help drive growth of the automotive app developer community and provide automakers a way to maintain innovative and differentiated connectivity and navigation systems that deliver on their customers’ expectations for smartphone app integration. Toyota is studying SDL for future integration into vehicles for command and control of smartphone apps through dashboard buttons, display screens and voice recognition technology
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