Ford Developer Blog

ALE 0.5.0 Released!

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 by Ed

Another update to ALE has been released! Head over to the AppLink Emulator page under Develop to view the release notes and download v
.5.
.

ALE 0.4.0 Release

Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 by Ed

Great news Developers! ALE
.4.
is now released!

With this latest update, ALE
.4.
now supports most of the RPCs available in-vehicle including Speak, Alert, AddCommand, PerformInteraction, and many more. We additionally re-defined the UI to include two panels that allow you to emulate issuing voice commands and choice set selections.

We remain dedicated to improving ALE's features and functionalities in the upcoming weeks. Refer to the Readme and accompanying guide to find information regarding the use of ALE.

AppLink Emulator Beta 1 Release

Posted on Friday, March 08, 2013 by Steve

The first Beta release of AppLink Emulator (ALE) is finally here! ALE will let you connect an AppLink-enabled App and see how it would work with AppLink right on your computer.

Now, remember ALE is still in Beta. Some features are not yet fully supported, but we didn't want to wait any longer to get it out to you! We will continue to add more features so keep checking back for updates. We can't wait to see what awesome Apps you are going to come up with!

After logging in, ALE Beta 1 can be found within the Develop Tab under the AppLink Emulator link. Updated SDKs for use with ALE can be found in their respective locations under the Develop Tab.

-Steve

Ford AppLink Team

AppLink Reaches out Globally

Posted on Saturday, February 02, 2013 by cking

Please choose a language: 1) English, 2) Chinese, 3) Java, or 4) Objective-C

The AppLink Team here at Ford Motor Company wasn’t kidding when we said we were going global with AppLink. Last week, three of us hopped on a 14 hour flight from Detroit to Beijing so we could meet our Ford AppLink Team counterparts in China and hack with some developers at Baidu, which is a major web-search provider in China, much like Google in the US.

We arrived a few days before the 24-hour Hackathon to meet with Baidu developers and start helping them with their hack ideas. Luckily, most of them spoke English fairly well, but when all else failed, the code did all the talking! We also met a few of our own Ford co-workers for the first time; hackathons not only breed innovation, but also bring people together.

The Hackathon was kicked off bright and early at 9am. As the top prize was a trip to next month’s Mobile World Congress, everyone worked feverishly over the next 24 hours, with some squeaking in only a few hours of sleep. The constant supply of food and drinks helped keep everyone energized and hacking. There were definitely some interesting chip flavors, though: Italian red meat flavored potato chips, anyone?

By 9am the next morning, 26 hack projects were submitted for the judging round. Some projects included a location-based reminder app, a music player based on your mood, and even a demo using Baidu’s new facial recognition APIs to detect drowsiness while driving. It was especially fascinating and very exciting to hear Chinese spoken out of the speakers of the TDKs that we shipped from the US.

My favorite part? Blasting ‘Gangnam Style’ in the big auditorium and making everyone get up and dance at some early hour of the morning. It concluded with a huge round of applause from the developers. We, in turn, would like to applaud Baidu for hosting and letting us hack together to create some great AppLink apps.

-Liz

Ford AppLink Team

请选择语言:1) 英语,2) 中文,3) Java,或4) Objective-C语言

我们AppLink要走向全球,福特汽车公司的AppLink团队说这话是认真的。上周,我们一行三人坐了14小时的飞机从底特律前往北京,见到福特AppLink团队远在中国的同行,以及一些百度的开发人员。百度是中国主要的网络搜索服务提供商,类似美国的谷歌。

我们在24小时Hackathon编程马拉松赛开始前的几天抵达,见到了百度的开发人员,开始帮他们设计创意。很幸运,他们大多数人的英语说得不错,当其他尝试都宣告失败,代码帮了我们大忙!我们还第一次见到了福特的同事;Hackathon编程马拉松赛不仅鼓励创新,而且让大家团结起来。

Hackathon编程马拉松赛在早上9点准时开始。大奖是下个月举行的世界移动通信大会之旅,为此每个人在接下来的24个小时都拼了,有的人只睡几个小时。不间断的食物和饮料供应使每个人保持精力充沛的竞技状态。颇有一些有趣的薯片风味,比如:意式红肉薯片,谁想吃?

次日早晨9点,26个编程项目被提交评审。内容五花八门,有基于地点的提醒应用程序、基于心情的音乐播放器、甚至还有一个试用软件利用百度最新的人脸识别应用程序界面侦测驾驶时的困倦情况。看到中国人用的TDK话筒是从我们美国运来的,真的让我们很开心。

要说我最爱的部分,当然是“江南Style”,早上音乐在大厅响起,让所有人起来跳舞。最后传来开发人员的一片掌声雷动。反过来,我们也感谢主办方百度,让我们有机会一起集思广益,创造出一些伟大的AppLink应用程序。

-Liz

福特AppLink团队


福特近日联合全球最大的中文搜索引擎百度,发起“车载云疯狂Hackathon”编程马拉松活动,共同挖掘车载联网应用的市场潜能。福特在北美已经举办或参与多次Hackathon,但在中国,这还是第一次。我作为福特亚太区AppLink的技术支持,有幸参与了这次难忘的活动。

1月26日9点到27日9点是紧锣密鼓的24小时Hackathon编程马拉松。75名百度工程师和10位福特工程师,基于百度云、百度LBS平台和福特AppLink平台,自由发挥创意,开发出了26个车载云应用,功能涵盖导航、天气、资讯、视听、分享、娱乐等多个方面。有coding也有欢乐。在Hackathon会场,三餐零食敞开供应,按摩沙发舒缓疲意,DJ热舞即兴上演,极限挑战突破自己。 整个过程充分体现了hackathon的精神 – 极限创新,快速实现,享受快乐!

在活动中,很多百度工程师感叹,没想到作为传统行业的福特公司,居然有如此好的创新氛围和与时俱进的互联网触感。作为福特技术团队的一员,我也深深的被百度工程师的技术素养和创新激情打动。这次Hackathon,只是一个开始,它是AppLink进入中国的开始,是中国的移动应用开发者认识AppLink的开始,是福特把更好的车联网体验带给中国用户的开始。

2013,AppLink,中国,敬请期待。

-贾静雯

福特AppLink团队

Recently, Ford launched On-board Cloud Crazy Hackathon jointly with the word largest Chinese search engine Baidu to tap the market potential of the on-board networking application. In North America, Ford has held or participated in several Hackathon, but in China, this is the first time. As the Ford AppLink technical support to Asia Pacific area, I had the honor to participate in this memorable activity.

The 24-hour Hackathon was held from 9:00 am January 26th to 9:00 am January 27th. 75 Baidu engineers and 10 Ford engineers, based on the Baidu cloud, Baidu LBS platform and the Ford AppLink platform, developed 26 on-board cloud applications with creativity, and the functions covering navigation, weather, information, audio-visual, sharing, entertainment and etc. The whole process fully reflected the Hackathon spirit – extreme innovation, rapid implementation and enjoyment!

During the activity, many Baidu engineers stated that they had not expected that Ford as a company in traditional industry could have such good innovation atmosphere and the up-to-date internet acumen. As a member of Ford technical team, I was also deeply impressed by the technology literacy and innovation passion of Baidu engineers. The Hackathon is just the beginning for AppLink to enter China, the beginning for Chinese mobile application developers to under AppLink, and the beginning of better on-board networking experience for Chinese users by Ford.

2013, AppLink, China, coming soon.

-Jingwen

Ford AppLink Team


 

AppLink Emulator Sneak Peak

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 by Steve

Hello and welcome again to the Ford Developer Program! The response to the Dev Program has been amazing and we are very excited to have you here. While you have probably been working with our SDK and integrating the AppLink API into your apps, we have been hard at work developing our emulator. It is almost ready for beta release and we wanted to give you a sneak peak of what it will look like, so here it is! AppLinkEmulator Excited?! We are! With the emulator you will be able to see how your app works with AppLink right on your computer. We are feverishly working to get all of AppLink's capabilities into the emulator, so we can get it out to you. Look for the beta soon!


-Steve

Ford AppLink Team