We open the year with a double header from what I think are the two biggest car events in the U.S. each year: The Consumer Electronics Show and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The latter makes total sense in a show like this, but CES has also moved up the ranks as a major moment for car tech. I mean, Ford and GM climbed all over each other in a battle to be the first major automakers to open their vehicles to developers. That's what you call a major shift....
Ford focused on growing its SYNC app universe with a CES press conference dedicated to app developers.
"It is a strategic shift," said Ford Chief Technical Officer Paul Mascarenas. "It's one thing to be customer-focused but Ford also wants to be developer-focused."
Livio has spent the last year opening up to app developers with Livio Connect, but now, CEO Jake Sigal sees an opportunity in traditional radio he's calling FM Connect.
"We've gone airborne," says Sigal. FM Connect takes the traditional FM radio signal and creates a two-way link between the broadcaster and the Bluetooth connected smartphone.