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Developer opportunities in the connected car: Scott Burnell speaks at IoTW 17

Posted on Friday, June 02, 2017 by Ford Partner Relations

Internet of Things World 2017 was the fourth-annual world forum for the cutting edge of IoT technology—developers, companies, solutions, products and thought leaders building connectivity and big data into everything we do.

Consumers staying connected and engaged with their life while on the road is a huge opportunity for everyone involved in mobile tech. It's no surprise, then, that IoTW 17 had a conference track built around products and strategies for connected and autonomous cars.

Ford Global Lead for Business Development and Partner Management Scott Burnell gave a talk, "Evolving In-Vehicle Content and Developer Opportunities," that made the Internet of Things Institute's list of the top 10 trends coming out of the conference.

Burnell also talked with IoTI about why it's vital that Ford cross-pollinate its innovative in-house engineering with talented developers across the tech industry (and the world!). Burnell explains at the 0:25 mark of this IoTI video recapping Day 2 of the conference:

NEW SYNC 3 Emulator Version 1.1

Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2017 by Ford Partner Relations

Dear developer community,

We are happy to announce the SYNC3 Emulator version 1.1. We received a lot of feedback from you and used that to improve the Emulator in all areas, including the highly anticipated ability to use Video Streaming. This will allow you to try out your navigation apps and stream the moving map directly to the SYNC3 Emulator.

Further improvements include adding RPCs that interact with SYNC directly, such as initiating a phone call on SYNC or sending a destination to the embedded navigation.

The complete changelog is below, in the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions please reach out to us via the #ford channel in the SmartDeviceLink slack (slack.smartdevicelink.com), our dev forums right here on developer.ford.com or via email to forddev@ford.com.

Added RPCs:

  • PerformAudioPassThru
  • EndAudioPassThru
  • DialNumber
  • UpdateTurnList
  • SendLocation
  • AlertManeuver
  • ShowConstantTBT

Vehicle Data Changes:

  • Added the ability to run 6 prerecorded route simulations.

Misc. Changes:

  • SDL Core version updated to 4.2
  • Updated to run on Ubuntu 16.04

SYNC 3 Emulator Launches!

Posted on Monday, July 25, 2016 by Ford Partner Relations

 

FordDev is happy to introduce an exciting new tool for the AppLink community making it easy and cost-efficient to develop your apps compatible with the new SYNC 3 system.

SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator is a software program that helps developers create AppLink-enabled apps by allowing them to test how their app will look and work on a SYNC 3 interface – without access to an actual vehicle.

“The SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator makes app development far more accessible to the developer community,” says Dave Hatton, manager of mobile app development, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “We expect this tool to open the door to a host of new and exciting car-friendly apps from developers, both big and small, around the world.”

Check out the Android emulator here:

https://developer.ford.com/pages/tools-android

See the iOS emulator here:

https://developer.ford.com/pages/tools-ios


The emulator allows a smartphone to connect to the developer’s computer – just like it would normally connect to SYNC 3. The software platform then mimics SYNC 3 by connecting to the app running from the developer’s phone. The user fine-tunes the look and functionality of the app, then can instantly see how the created features would appear on the in-vehicle touch screen.

The software allows developers to set certain conditions – such as vehicle speed, location, temperature and mileage – to test how the app responds to each. These customizable settings empower developers to make apps that deliver more personalized experiences for customers.


We hope this emulator will help speed up development, especially in markets where developers have limited access to vehicles or even a TDK. We still have TDKs available for developers to schedule free time to develop and test apps located in the Cetecom Open Lab Alliance location in Milpitas. Interested FordDev Community members can schedule time via the Alliance website to reserve a TDK.

NEW SYNC 3 Emulator Version 1.1

Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2017 by Ford Partner Relations

Dear developer community,

We are happy to announce the SYNC3 Emulator version 1.1. We received a lot of feedback from you and used that to improve the Emulator in all areas, including the highly anticipated ability to use Video Streaming. This will allow you to try out your navigation apps and stream the moving map directly to the SYNC3 Emulator.

Further improvements include adding RPCs that interact with SYNC directly, such as initiating a phone call on SYNC or sending a destination to the embedded navigation.

The complete changelog is below, in the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions please reach out to us via the #ford channel in the SmartDeviceLink slack (slack.smartdevicelink.com), our dev forums right here on developer.ford.com or via email to forddev@ford.com.

Added RPCs:

  • PerformAudioPassThru
  • EndAudioPassThru
  • DialNumber
  • UpdateTurnList
  • SendLocation
  • AlertManeuver
  • ShowConstantTBT

Vehicle Data Changes:

  • Added the ability to run 6 prerecorded route simulations.

Misc. Changes:

  • SDL Core version updated to 4.2
  • Updated to run on Ubuntu 16.04

Developer opportunities in the connected car: Scott Burnell speaks at IoTW 17

Posted on Friday, June 02, 2017 by Ford Partner Relations

Internet of Things World 2017 was the fourth-annual world forum for the cutting edge of IoT technology—developers, companies, solutions, products and thought leaders building connectivity and big data into everything we do.

Consumers staying connected and engaged with their life while on the road is a huge opportunity for everyone involved in mobile tech. It's no surprise, then, that IoTW 17 had a conference track built around products and strategies for connected and autonomous cars.

Ford Global Lead for Business Development and Partner Management Scott Burnell gave a talk, "Evolving In-Vehicle Content and Developer Opportunities," that made the Internet of Things Institute's list of the top 10 trends coming out of the conference.

Burnell also talked with IoTI about why it's vital that Ford cross-pollinate its innovative in-house engineering with talented developers across the tech industry (and the world!). Burnell explains at the 0:25 mark of this IoTI video recapping Day 2 of the conference:


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