For those looking to build mobile apps for the automotive world, this is a very big deal! The Ford SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator helps developers create mobile apps for Ford vehicles that are equipped with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. The emulator allows a smartphone to connect to the developer’s workstation as though it would normally connect with SYNC 3. From there, developers can accurately build their apps and see exactly how their app will function in a SYNC 3 vehicle. This new capability, released free by Ford, will dramatically speed the development, testing and deployment times for new apps coming soon to Ford vehicles.
For more information: https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/news/2016/07/21/ford-sync-3-applink-software-tool-speeds-development.html
As i2Integration provides the technology support of the Ford Developer Program, including website, mobile apps, global hosting and data integration, we see the release of the SYNC 3 Emulator as a powerful addition to bringing new developers to the Program. With more than 15 million SYNC-equipped vehicles on the road globally (and 43 million expected by 2020), that’s a tremendous amount of potential for the mobile developer market.
For Ford and i2, it’s exciting times ahead.