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Ford acquires Livio to create a standard for in-car mobile app integration

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Ford was quick to embrace in-car mobile app integration through its AppLink technology, but it wants a true industry standard to boost adoption. The company is tackling this problem this today by acquiring Livio, best-known for its Livio Connect in-car app gateway. Valued at under $10 million, the buyout will help Ford create a single app interface that any automaker could use. Mobile developers would only have to support one format to reach many infotainment units -- as long as Ford's rivals are willing to set aside their own platforms, of course. In the meantime, Ford is being cautious. It intends to keep Livio as a separate brand that will serve GM and other existing customers for the foreseeable future.

 

 

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/26/ford-acquires-livio/

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Growled    3,880

 

Mobile developers would only have to support one format to reach many infotainment units -- as long as Ford's rivals are willing to set aside their own platforms, of course.

 

There is always that. I honestly don't see that happening.

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Ace    77

Why can't we have a system where your smartphone connects to a large touchscreen in your car and simply switches into a special car mode where the icons are a bit bigger?

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