Ford Acquires Software Developer Livio for In-Dash App Connection

Livio Connect API

Livio Connect API

Ford has been the innovator on connected in-dash infotainment since they first announced their new systems in 2007. So now with all the other car companies coming up fast on in-app systems, Ford needs to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. Today, they have continued their strength with purchasing Livio for an undisclosed sum, but less than 10 million dollars.

Livio is a company which links applications for iOS, Android and Blackberry to your car. Livio takes the devices Programming interfaces and makes sure they can talk to the Ford Sync system. Livio created Sync Applink for just that purpose.

Ford_logoFord is also getting a product that is an industry standard. This would give app creators a single platform to work with, resulting in faster development of higher quality apps. Consumers – in turn – would have a safe way to access digital content on the go.

“With the additional expertise Livio provides us, Ford intends to continue to lead the next generation of in-car connectivity with technology advancements that give consumers more options to access their devices on the go,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation.

Livio was co-founded by Jake Sigal and Massimo Baldini in 2008. Their motto: More music, less work. based in Metro-Detroit, the company has grown since.

Find out more: Todd and Don interviewed Livio on the CES Live Feed

Crimestopper in-car safety and security

crimestopper logoHoward Miller, president of Crimestopper, came by the TPN booth at the Consumer Electronics Show to talk a bit about his company’s product line of aftermarket security systems for your car.

The company provides items like backup cameras that can viewed and controlled right from a new rear-view mirror. Other products include GPS tracking, security systems, remote start and a whole lot more. This is all important stuff and much of it is being built into new cars, but for those who have a model a bit older then this provides the solution. It will help to keep you, your car and other people a bit safer.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Daniel J Lewis of  Audacity to Podcast

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