Here’s How Ford Is Taking the Lead in Smartphone-Auto Connectivity
Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) announced that it’s buying Ferndale, Michigan-based auto app developer Livio to help the company work toward creating a platform to bring more apps into its cars. The purchase is the first technology acquisition Ford has made in 13 years, according to a report from TechCrunch.
Ford said in its Thursday statement that it purchased Livio to work on developing an industry standard platform for auto apps, which “would give app creators a single platform to work with, resulting in faster development of higher quality apps for consumers to safely access digital content on the go.”
The company continued: “Ford’s purchase of Livio is designed to accelerate innovation by providing access to each other’s talented engineers and unique intellectual property, as well as enabling both companies to work toward developing an industry standard for smartphone-to-vehicle communications.”