The new Ford Developer Program allows programmers to create apps to interact with the Sync systems in their cars. At CES, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson went to check out how Ford is going straight to the developers to foster an app ecosystem.
As I roam around CES, I realize how critical the mobile phone has become in our everyday lives. From making our TV and home appliances smarter, to making our car ride more enjoyable, to making work more mobile, mobile devices have become ubiquitous. So it's not surprising that car companies are designing new models to accommodate our BYOD habits.
Ford launched the Ford Developer Program this week, which means developers can now create apps for Android and iOS that interact with the car's integrated SYNC communications and entertainment system. This is a smart move for Ford, as car companies look for ways to make owning a car appealing again by making it a lifestyle choice. Developers can use the Ford API to develop a more robust ecosystem of apps. So far apps are in the most obvious categories for drivers and passengers: news, location, and music
After checking out the Ford booth, I walked over to the Delphi booth to see how Mi-Fi and safety are being integrated into cars.
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