Connected Car Expo: LA Auto Show (Nov 18-20)
AppLink Challenge Contest Spotlight
An App Pursuit winner will be chosen during the Connected Car Expo being held Nov. 18-20 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The prize package includes a feature announcement with Ford on stage at the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show in January. Developers were provided with information on working with SmartDeviceLink, the open-source version of SYNC AppLink, which Ford made available to the open-source community early last year to enable all automakers to benefit from Ford’s vehicle-smartphone linking technology. Participants in the Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit leveraged Ford vehicle data as well as more than 200 data sets recently released by the City of Los Angeles (data.lacity.org) at the CTIA Super Mobility Week. After a grueling hackathon and working sessions, the best of the apps were selected. The top ten finalists of the Connected Car-Connected City App Pursuit at CTIA in September are:

  1. Lochbridge           
  2. FuelSignal             
  3. IBM                       
  4. Microsoft             
  5. Live Drive
  6. Joyride                  
  7. Concur Trace       
  8. Invincibles
  9. 3sAcrowd             
  10. Notify
 
AppLink enables drivers to access and control more than 60 compatible smartphone apps while in their vehicle through voice commands. Ford SYNC AppLink is already on the road in more than 1.5 million vehicles in North America alone.