You know that SDL is the industry standard for connecting a driver’s favorite consumer apps like Waze, iHeartRadio, ACast, and Pandora, but did you know that SDL can empower fleets, enterprise, or virtually any commercial vehicle (CV) owner with unparalleled visibility and control in to the movements, operations, and efficiency of a fleet of any size?
Developers can harness the power of the open-source SDL ecosystem and the unique access to vehicle generated content to create comprehensive features which could potentially save millions of dollars for CV operations such as:
- Excessive idle times
- Accurate fueling charges and amounts
- Driver behavior, including harsh braking, rapid acceleration, and speeding
- Real-time drive logging
- Route optimization
- …and more
This is a not a new SDL technology, rather, it’s an additional professional use case empowering fleets, mobility solution providers, and your CV customers to connect and display an app on SDL compatible head units (In Ford’s case, of course, that’s SYNC.). Add in the ability to access more than 40 vehicle generated data signals including GPS, Fuel Level, Oil Life, Windshield Wipers, Seat Belts, and developers have a fully stocked arsenal to create a professional app capable for use in any SDL-enabled vehicle and with no additional hardware required!
Ford was the first automaker to launch an app aimed at business users with the introduction of WebEx as an SDL compatible app in 2018. We are very excited about the opportunities that this technology now brings to commercial vehicle owners and developers to provide highly integrated connected experiences for their drivers, and we look forward to seeing all of the ways our developer community will deliver innovative fleet and CV solutions.