What is SmartDeviceLink?

SmartDeviceLink (SDL) is an open-source POSIX-compliant technology platform on which the Ford AppLink product is built and allows it to communicate between applications running on a mobile device and our SYNC in-vehicle software. SDL allows any OEM and/or Tier1 suppliers to connect vehicle infotainment systems to 3rd party enabled applications. It can be deployed to Linux, QNX, or other popular embedded operating systems and can communicate with any mobile device OS such as iOS or Android.

As with all open-source projects, SDL is driven by those willing to use and contribute to the initiative, and, in order reach a single standard amongst vehicle interfaces, the technology must be assumed across the industry. Ford and Livio look forward to adoption of SDL by additional OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers so that administration of this automotive platform can be shared among additional industry members. Our vision is that those who use or contribute to the SDL project are able to work safe in the knowledge that the code they produce is part of a transparent and open-source project that is managed and constantly improved by the entire SDL developer community.  Learn more at