Livio Connect adds partners, offers “freemium” service
The Livio Connect API is a solution for safely integrating smartphone apps into factory car audio and existing hardware systems. Livio founder and CEO Jake Sigal said the 2013 additions to the Livio Connect application network expand the in-vehicle infotainment offerings beyond music apps to include traffic, parking, weather, and navigation.
“Our new model allows us to work with app developers of any and every size, at a price they can afford,” said Sigal. “As their automotive business grows, we participate in their success. Livio Connect can help both app developers and automotive partners by creating a ‘car mode’ for app developers and promoting their apps to Livio-Connected OEMs, Tier1s, and middleware integrators.”
New Livio Connect application partners for 2013 CES include Accuweather, Inrix, and Parkopedia, joining 977music.com, AddictedToRadio, Digitally Imported, Greater Media, Inc., Grooveshark, JazzRadio, Live365, NPR, Rdio, RockRadio, SkyFM and TuneIn.
Livio also announced automotive head unit integrations with several companies including CSR, KPIT Cummins, Johnson Controls and Visteon.
At the 2013 International CES, Livio unveiled a demonstration of its new technology, FM Connect, which enables in-car FM radio listeners to safely send feedback to and interact with FM broadcasters and sponsors from the dashboard through a Bluetooth-connected smartphone. All that’s required is an FM car stereo, a Bluetooth-connected smartphone, and Livio Connect.
During 2012 Livio Connect won the Frost & Sullivan 2012 New Product Innovation Award and joined the GENIVI Alliance after revealing a demonstration of Livio-Connected mobile phone applications operating on a platform based on the Intel® Atom™ processor running on Tizen IVI. Livio also announced the launch of over-the-air firmware updates for Livio-Connected car stereos. Additionally GM uses Livio Connect technology.
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