SmartDeviceLink Developer Program Makes It Easier to Create In-Car Apps

June 10, 2016 by  
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SmartDeviceLink is the open-source software on which the Ford AppLink™ platform is built. It provides consumers an easier way to access their favorite smartphone apps via voice command or touch screen interface.
  • New developer program is latest step for SmartDeviceLink – the agnostic app interface software that aims to set the industry standard for accessing smartphone apps inside the vehicle
  • will provide developers with information they need to build smartphone apps compatible with vehicles by any automaker adopting the open-source connectivity software contributed to the industry by Ford
  • Toyota Motor Corp. has announced adoption of the technology for future vehicles; PSA Groupe, Honda, Subaru and Mazda are exploring adoption

SmartDeviceLink is the open-source software on which the Ford AppLink™ platform is built. It provides consumers an easier way to access their favorite smartphone apps via voice command or touch screen interface.

Strategy Analytics User Evaluation: Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

November 5, 2015 by  
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While Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work well as standalone systems for consumers, these systems do not provide all the infotainment sources consumers want, according to the research firm Strategy Analytics.

Though declining, usage of and interest in traditional radio is still primary. Apps such as iHeartRadio and TuneIn could eventually fill this void, but consumer awareness and usage of these apps is not yet widespread. Using large amounts of monthly data allowances to stream local radio is also unlikely to sit well with consumers.

Driving the 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited

February 20, 2015 by  
Filed under Industry News

IMG_0001Time does indeed march on. One of the first things I noticed when I slipped behind the wheel of a 2015 Chrysler 200 Limited was the lack of a CD player. Not surprisingly, they are on the way out; however, the car does have USB and AUX ports, and should be able to accommodate a portable player if all that’s accessible via Bluetooth isn’t enough.

In fact, pairing a phone with the Chrysler’s UConnect multimedia system was reasonably fast and easy, as was playing music from the phone. Other infotainment choices immediately available were AM/FM radio, and SiriusXM. The car comes with a one-year SiriusXM subscription.

UIEvolution introduces iHeartRadio HTML5 application for embedded integration

June 9, 2013 by  
Filed under News, Infotainment, Product News


UIEvolution, Inc., which specializes in connected screen solutions, has launched an HTML5 automotive reference application for iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s free digital radio service.

The HTML5 Reference App implements iHeartRadio’s current native app experience, providing automotive partners an easy-to-implement solution for embedding more than 1,500 live radio stations from across the country, plus the ability to create custom stations in the car.

“Our Evolution Platform takes a complex technical idea – extending the iHeartRadio app into more vehicles – and turns it into the best user-experience possible,” said UIEvolution president and CEO Chris Ruff. “We are proud to work with iHeartRadio in providing a fully connected consumer experience in-vehicle.”

GM offers an SDK for app developers

January 23, 2013 by  
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General Motors announced a flexible application framework that will allow drivers to add apps and features to their vehicles after the initial purchase, allowing vehicle infotainment systems to improve over time. The framework enables vehicle application programming interfaces, or APIs, for developers, allowing them to interact with and build upon the infotainment systems in GM vehicles.

GM will offer developers a software development kit, or SDK, through an online portal at GM said the SDK will allow developers to work with GM in a secure and controlled manner to design, test and deliver the most relevant, customizable and seamlessly integrated automotive apps. GM is using the HTML5 JavaScript framework in its SDK.

iHeartRadio in Chrysler Group and General Motors vehicles

January 7, 2013 by  
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Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced iHeartRadio integrations in Chrysler Group and General Motors (GM) vehicles and a new made-for-driving application, “iHeartRadio for Auto” (iHeartAuto) that will enable seamless and standardized access to the iHeartRadio digital music platform. iHeartAuto launches with support for select aftermarket auto entertainment products.

Beginning this year iHeartRadio will be available in-dash on select Chrysler Group vehicles equipped with Uconnect Access Via Mobile. Once a user connects their compatible Apple or Android smartphone with the Chrysler Uconnect Access App, drivers can control and personalize their iHeartRadio listening experience directly through the dashboard touch screen.

Telematics – making the most of the app opportunity

February 3, 2012 by  
Filed under Features

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By Jan Stojaspal, Telematics Update

Greg J. Ogonowski is headed for what he calls a “high-class headache.” As president of Modulation Index, a two-man outfit based in Diamond Bar, California, he is the man behind StreamS HiFi Radio, a unique audio player capable of streaming high fidelity sound over most EDGE/3GPP cellular networks, thanks to a sophisticated compression technology called High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC).