It’s CES week, something that you probably aren’t aware of only if you live in a cave, because digital and devices news coming out of Vegas is fast and furious. There are always interesting announcements about the streaming audio space from CES. The first one to grab my attention came from a press release from JacAPPS, a radio focused app builder that will be the recommended mobile app development house for their new Ford Developer Program.
This is a big deal. Ford announced yesterday that they will “launch an open developer program that enables software developers to directly interface with the vehicle and create apps that will enhance the driving experience.” They become the first car manufacturer to offer an open api platform and invite anyone to create apps for it.
In particular, Ford is putting the focus on voice activated apps. “Offering voice control so drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road has proven to be popular with our customers. Now, with an even faster adoption rate of smartphones, there is a need for a renewed focus on voice control for the unique capabilities of these devices, especially for the use of apps.” said Hau Thai-Tang, vice president of Engineering, Ford Global Product Development.
Developers who have a great idea for an app but need some help building it can turn to jacAPPS who will be the recommended mobile app development house for the Ford Developer Program. The company has been chosen to provide development and technical support to third-party developers wanting to create voice-activated smartphone apps for Ford SYNC AppLink.
jacAPPS will provide support for all developers interested in integrating their apps with the SYNC© AppLink™ system for voice commands and other functionality. “We have been training and testing apps on the system for several months and we’re available to help the radio industry and all mobile app developers become major players on the connected car dashboard,” says president Fred Jacobs, while at the same time announcing that Greater Media stations will be the first fully integrated in the new platform.
- Ford Launches App Developer Program Marking New Course for Customer-Driven Innovation and Value Creation (sys-con.com)
- jacAPPS Chosen To Support Ford Developer Program; Debuts Mobile Apps For Greater Media Stations (allaccess.com)
- Ford introduces 9 new apps for the car at CES 2013 – @CNET (ces.cnet.com)