• Ford en Toyota hebben de SmartDeviceLink Consortium opgericht, een non-profit om open source software te beheren voor smartphone-applicatie ontwikkeling voor voertuigen
  • Leden van het consortium zijn onder andere Mazda Motor Corporation, PSA Groep, Fuji Heav Industries Ltd. (FHI) en Suzuki Motor Corporatie, evenals de leveranciers Elektrobit, Luxoft en Xevo

Ford Motor Company en Toyota Motor Company vormen samen het SmartDeviceLink Consortium, een non-profit organisatie die werkt aan een open source software platform. Het doel hiervan is consumenten meer keuze te geven in de manier waarop ze verbinding maken met hun smartphone apps tijdens het rijden. Lees verder

Mazda Motor Corporation, PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) en Suzuki zijn de eerste leden van het consortium. Elektrobit, Luxoft en Xevo zijn de eerste leden als leverancier. Harman, Panasonic, Pioneer en QNX hebben ‘Letters of Intent’ getekend om toe te treden.

Lees hieronder het volledige Engelstalige persbericht:

SmartDeviceLink provides consumers easy access to smartphone apps using voice commands and in-vehicle displays. Adopting the open source platform gives automakers and suppliers a uniform standard with which to integrate apps. Developers benefit because they can focus on creating the best experience for customers by integrating one linking solution for use by all participating automakers.

“Encouraging innovation is at the center of Ford’s decision to create SmartDeviceLink, and this consortium is a major step toward that goal,” said Doug VanDagens, global director, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services, and a board member of the consortium. “Consumers will win with new, innovative app experiences from increased collaboration and developer engagement.”

Shigeki Tomoyama, president of Toyota’s Connected Company said, “Connectivity between smartphones and the vehicle interface is one of the most important connected services. Using SmartDeviceLink, we can provide this service to our customers in a safe and secure manner. We are excited to collaborate with many auto manufacturers and suppliers who share our view.”

SmartDeviceLink enables smartphone app developers to seamlessly integrate their app functions with in-vehicle technology such as the vehicle display screen, steering wheel controls and voice recognition. With this new level of integration, drivers enjoy their favorite apps on the road in an enhanced, user-friendly way.
Consumers also benefit because developers and automakers working together will contribute improvements to the open source code – increasing the quality and security of the software.

Industry-wide adoption of SmartDeviceLink is expected to give app developers broad scale as their innovations could be applied to millions of vehicles worldwide. Participating companies and suppliers will be able to deliver user experiences that meet their individual standards while retaining control over how much access apps have to vehicle data. SmartDeviceLink technology is based on Ford’s contribution of its AppLink™ software to the open source community in 2013. Ford AppLink software is currently available on more than 5 million vehicles globally.Toyota plans to commercialize a telematics system using SDL around 2018.

Popular apps such as Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, AccuWeather and others are already available to Ford AppLink users. Livio will manage the open source project and provide guidance to the SmartDeviceLink Consortium and its members. Visit SDL for more information or to apply to the consortium.


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