Ford and GENIVI Alliance could be a major tech triumph for the Blue Oval

Ford Applink

Ford continues to push the envelope when it comes to in-car technology as the first American automaker to allow the GENIVI Alliance access to its AppLink code.

AppLink, which operates with Ford’s SYNC in-vehicle communication system, enables drivers to take control of compatible smartphone and tablet apps through dashboard buttons or voice commands.

GENIVI is a non-profit industry alliance committed to driving the adoption of in-vehicle infotainment open source development platforms.  

Under the partnership, Ford will give GENIVI developers access to all of the code and documentation required to implement the AppLink software into the vehicle audio system that allows for two-way communications with Google Android and Apple iOS devices.

“Ford wants to see app developers succeed in their new work with the auto industry,” said Doug VanDagens, global director of Connected Services at Ford.  “Contributing the AppLink software to GENIVI demonstrates our commitment to be developer-focused which supports our driver for consumer-focused innovation.”

The GENIVI partnership follows Ford’s announcement of the industry’s first open mobile app development program at the 2013 International CES this past January.

Ford AppLink 2

But Ford’s push to stay at the forefront of in-car technology has not come without some risk.  The automaker has come under fire a few times for SYNC with concerns that operating the technology is too distracting for drivers, forcing Ford to make a number of improvements to the system.

Still, SYNC has still been a major selling point for the automaker in luring in new customers. 

Last November, Ford celebrated the 5-millionth vehicle sold with SYNC since the carmaker and Microsoft first started collaborating for the groundbreaking technology in 2005.  And the partnership with the GENIVI Alliance gives the automaker an additional development resource to help pull in the next wave of consumers.


Tesla will have ‘autonomous robotaxis’ in 2020, Elon Musk says

Tesla will deploy self-driving cars in a "robotaxi" service in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said at the automaker's Autonomy Investor Day. Musk has promised autonomous Tesla electric cars before, but will he finally deliver this time?

We found the best trucks for everyone (including truck haters)

Pickup trucks have evolved to meet the demands of a shifting marketplace. They now have to compete with cars and crossovers, as well as other trucks. Here are the best trucks currently on the market.

The best diagnostic adapters monitor your car so you don't have to

Sometimes called dongles, the best car adapters will tell you what's wrong under the hood while help you keep tabs on your family and routine maintenance.

Keep your driving record squeaky clean with these top-flight radar detectors

Nobody likes getting a speeding ticket, but these gadgets can help. Check out our picks for the best radar detectors on the market, from the likes of Valentine One, Escort, and Beltronics.

Tesla Model S and Model X charge faster and go farther with the same battery

An all-new drivetrain for the Tesla Model S and X enables the EVs to travel farther per charge than the previous design. Tesla Model S Long Range sedans have a 370-mile range and Model X Long Range SUVs can travel 325 miles per EPA cycle.

2019 Ford F-150 RTR gets a light dose of off-road, style upgrades

Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s RTR Vehicles is turning its attention to the 2019 Ford F-150 pickup truck. RTR gave Ford's bestseller new suspension components and tires, as well as more extroverted exterior styling.

Electric truck maker Rivian scores $500 million investment from Ford

Alongside Amazon, Rivian can now count Ford as one of its backers. The Blue Oval will invest $500 million in Rivian, and will use the company's "skateboard" chassis as the basis for a future electric vehicle.
Emerging Tech

Japanese taxis will use facial recognition to target you with ads as you ride

A Japanese startup is trying to reinvent in-taxi advertising by using facial recognition technology to identify the key characteristics of riders and then presenting them with appropriate ads.

Nvidia agrees with Tesla’s take on self-driving cars, but corrects specifics

Nvidia vice president Rob Csongor agreed with broad statements by Elon Musk at Tesla's April 22 Autonomy Investor Day. Csongor then took exception to what he termed were inaccuracies about Nvidia's self-driving car chip.

Stop backing into your neighbor's car with the best backup cameras

The right backup camera will allow you to better avoid vehicles and other obstacles without taking your eyes off the road, rendering "sorry, I hit your car!" notes a thing of the past. Here are our current favorites.

Waze vs. Google Maps: Which map app should you be using?

Waze and Google Maps are two of the most popular apps for those looking for turn-by-turn navigation, yet there are some notable differences to point out. Here, we examine both to decide which offers the best feature set.

Tesla posts $702M Q1 loss as deliveries fall sharply; Musk promises turnaround

Tesla lost $702 million during the first quarter of 2019 as deliveries fell sharply, and demand for the Model X and the Model S flattened. The company predicts it will again lose money in the second quarter.

Ambitious but not rubbish: The best Top Gear episodes

Since its relaunch in 2002, Top Gear has become required viewing for any serious gearhead. The great moments from this show may seem too numerous to count, but we've managed to pick some of the highlights from the first 26 seasons.

Qiantu K50 electric sports car was designed in China, will be built in the U.S.

The Qiantu K50 is a Chinese electric sports car that will be marketed in the United States by California-based Mullen Technologies. The carbon-fiber bodied, 402-horsepower K50 is expected to go on sale in 2020.