If you’ve ever been to CES you know what it’s like when your destination is “just over there”—but it still takes you an hour to arrive.
You know the pain of walking 20 miles per day and never seeming to get anywhere.
And you’re intimately familiar with surviving on less sleep in a week than you’d normally get in a night.
Oh, and did I mention that this all takes place with 200,000 of your closest friends…in the middle of the desert?
Still, CES is CES. For all its minor annoyances, there’s nothing like it in the world.
If you were at the show this year, I hope you had a chance to stop by the main Ford exhibit in the North Hall (or one of our satellite locations outside). We showed off integrations with a number of FordDev partners in a Mustang, Raptor, Lincoln Aviator, and more.
Just a short walk away from the Ford space was our SDL exhibit. That’s where Subaru gave the first sneak peek of their upcoming SDL head unit—which, incidentally, brings OEM participation to four. (You may remember Ford, Toyota, and PSA have previously shown their SDL-powered head units.)
This is a huge win for SDL and for the developer community, because now your apps will work in even more vehicles!
Long-time SDL adopter Sygic, one of the first apps to use SDL Projection, showed demos of some of their updated features. Luxoft displayed a testing suite for SDL software, while Garmin had a great segment which showed an integrated dash cam and other innovative uses for SDL.
Xevo, a very active member of the SDLC, also showed their marketplace and additional capabilities to the thousands of attendees who stopped by the exhibit.
In 2019, the consortium will finalize development on our SDL cloud APIs which can be used for delivering cloud services or progressive web apps in to the vehicle. SDL project maintainer Livio produced an excellent example of how these new APIs could be used in a demonstration from inside a Lincoln MXC which drew a lot of interest.
This breakthrough will give developers the ability to use the same APIs to deliver content in the vehicle via mobile app or cloud. Tons of developers and OEMs alike are watching progress closely here.
We’ll share more on API availability for Ford vehicles soon! In the meantime, we look forward to seeing you in Barcelona next month for Mobile World Congress.