Ford Developer Blog

AppLink Emulator Beta 1 Release

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013 by Ford Partner Relations

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

ALE 0.5.0 Released!

Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 by Ford Partner Relations

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 Ford Partner Relations

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.

'Insanely rewarding': Acast's Simon Schmitz on the #MakeItDriveable Startup Challenge

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by Ford Partner Relations

The 2017 #MakeItDriveable Startup Challenge wasn't any ordinary hackathon.

Before, during and after the competition, entrants like Acast's Simon Schmitz benefitted from FordDev's unique commitment to helping developers realize their most creative solutions.

"We've spent a day and a night hacking, there was lots of coffee, sweat, sleep deprivation…but then you're there, in the Eiffel Tower, and you have a working prototype, and you can demo it to everyone? It was insanely rewarding, and the best experience."

By focusing on developers and companies that already had a SYNC AppLink app either in the App Store or approaching launch, the 2017 edition of the #MakeItDriveable Startup Challenge produced solutions that added real value to the mobile experience of millions of drivers around the world.

"Our mission at Acast is to empower audio content creators to have their voices heard," Schmitz said, "and we saw a great opportunity to win Ford as a partner to accomplish that vision. Ford has been a leader and an innovator in tech—but not only that, you also get a grip on the market, and what the market truly needs. From that point, we can develop a solution that can change the way we consume audio in the car."

Schmitz raved about the level of on-site support, with Ford engineers and executives on-hand to answer questions and solve problems as they hacked against the clock. But Ford's support for Schmitz and the rest of the competitors went far beyond having developer resources on hand.

Ahead of the competition, Andreas Brockers, Ford Business Strategy Analyst – Connected Vehicles and the Ford Europe team sent applicants regular emails preparing them for the format and requirements of the challenge, helping competitors arrive in Paris ready to maximize the incredible opportunity.

As Brockers anticipated, teams that leveraged vehicle data were surprised and delighted by the power it had to transform their apps. Acast, one of the winning teams, enhanced their podcast platform with a vehicle-aware feature.

"They will now use voice commands so you can easily navigate through your daily dose of podcast listening while you can keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road," Brockers said.

The Ford team also helped entrants fine-tune their solution with focus groups of potential users on site. Beyond the preparation, documentation, hardware and even on-site mentoring, Schmitz cited the "unique" experience of meeting with a diverse group of drivers as the most valuable aspect of the competition—and a key differentiator from hackathons that only focus on code.

Brockers reiterated the point he made before the Startup Challenge began: "If you get accepted, you've already won."

"It's all about our mantra, 'Make it Driveable,'" Brockers continued. "Even if your app has nothing to do with the car, think outside of the box and think 'How can I do that?' If you think your app is already improving drivers' lives, then put it inside the car to be used in a safe way."

Could your mobile app could benefit from a wealth of vehicle data, mentoring from OEM engineers, expert evaluation and real-world user feedback? Watch the Ford Developer Program site and MakeItDriveable.com for the announcements of future events!

Join the Ford Dev Team at CES 2014

Posted on Monday, December 9, 2013 by Ford Partner Relations

Heading to CES in 2014? Want to pitch us your idea for a cool AppLink enabled application? The Ford Dev Global Business Development team will be holding meetings throughout the week at CES in January and we want to hear from you! We are looking for innovative and unique app designs that incorporate the awesome new features and functionality included in the AppLink 2.0 SDK release. If you have an extraordinary idea and think you can impress us, go to the Contact Us form tell us a little bit about your app and why you think it deserves to become an AppLink enabled app. You may get an invitation to join us at the Ford display in North hall to go in to more detail and possibly even be invited to work with the Ford Dev team to enable your dream app. Make sure to Include: Where Will Your App Will Be Distributed?

  • Global
  • Specific Markets; North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, India
Is Your App Currently Available or In Development? Give An Overview of the In-Vehicle Experience? How Would Use the New AppLink 2.0 Capabilities? Space is very limited so respond soon with your cool app idea…and we may see YOU in Vegas!