General Motors and Ford have opened up their extremely closely guarded plans for the connected car to CES developers recently. Which means that there should soon be a diverse selection of appls appearing on car dashboards. Though the automakers aren’t google, they admit that they will be careful when it comes to who they will let into their vehicles.
Brand new technology’s for vehicles have always been of huge interest at the Consumer Electronics Show. All of the biggest and best car manufacturers show off their plans for cars of the future with features that are supposed to be injecting a bit of excitement into usually boring driving experiences. With multi-media and automated highway cruises and connectivity to the internet and also to the mobile network. Though it has always been a limited connectivity.
What will be involved within the connected car?
Automakers have always been rather weary about who they allow into their cars, for control and of course safety reasons. So the connected cars have been a rather closed topic for a while. This of course changed this year at the Consumer Electronics Show as Ford and General Motors both announced that they have open platforms for development, which potentially will open up connected car platforms to hundreds and even thousands of brand new services and apps. General Motors development portal is not yet live though Ford explained that around 1,200 devs have downloaded the company’s software developers kit recently.
There appears to be some differences between each program. Ford is highlighting the Sync Applink to the forefront, which opens up the APLs within the Sync system therefore allowing models to behave as a different interface for apps that run on smartphone’s. It is likely that a lot of apps that people are used to and are being used at the moment will be Sync enabled, which essential means that they will be able to be activated and controlled from the dashboard of a vehicle or from a voice command system.
There were also new development partners announced by Ford, which let people into the kind of acts that are essentially going to come from the program. For example, Amazon Cloud player and Rhapsody will be streamed through vehicle speakers and are voice enabled for the control of music. Kaliki and USA today will become news readers in dash. Glympse will be able to share a vehicle’s real time location with friends and family, whilst Becouply suggests nearby dating ideas such as local restaurants etc if you need any last minute ideas.
General Motors connected car plans?
The program from General Motors is allowing developers to be able to delve deeper into the dashboard by developing software that can run over General Motors three systems for connected cars. MyLink, IntelliLink and CUE. General Motors have also appeared to have promised that the development of the program will run consistently throughout all three platforms. The company are also developing an app store in which apps once tested and approved can go into a sort of catalogue where drivers can browse and download the apps that they desire and can use their own phones to provide connectivity. General Motors explained that this catalogue should be available in select 2014 models, which should be developed Autumn this year.
There are many similarities between iOS and Android devices and these programs, but it is expected that automakers and developers are more likely to follow the Apple approach rather than Googles. An important part of this is to do with safety as General Motors and Ford have explained that apps that could distract drivers will not be approved. Also apps that may let out strange and loud noises at random will not make it into the catalogue for the connected car due to how distracting it could potentially be.