Car manufacturer Ford shocked those in attendance at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas this week, with Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Ford Research and Innovation, Paul Mascarenas, announcing on stage a full-blown software development kit for Ford’s many automobile products.
App developers are now joining the Ford Developer Program to allow vehicle owners to control some of their favorite apps for in-vehicle use with SYNC AppLink, using voice commands. With a diverse set of categories such as Music & Entertainment, News & Information to Navigation & Travel, Health and Wellness, Ford offers a great opportunity for developers to integrate their apps into the car.
The New York Times reports the new developer program “lets programmers create apps that work with the buttons on a Ford’s steering wheel and its in-car voice recognition program.”
Ford will essentially become a gatekeeper for the apps it allows (and doesn’t allow) onto its new car-based entertainment and information platform, with the publication noting that you can expect the process to mirror Apple’s App Store approval process, rather than the more – (shall we say, laid back) – approach Google currently takes to approving Android apps for its Google Play store.
Ford will still have an approval process that will look more like Apple’s than Android’s. Certain kinds of apps will be barred, like games, elaborate video and anything that would require extensive reading.
Find out more about the Ford Developer Program at developer.ford.com.
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