12:34 | 29/07/2016 Society
(VEN) - Ford just launches its SYNC® 3 AppLink® Emulator, free software that makes it easy for developers to create and test apps for compatibility with the automaker’s connectivity system – without needing to access an actual vehicle.
SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator allows developers to set certain conditions – such as vehicle speed, location, temperature and mileage – to test how their app responds to each; it enables creation of apps that deliver more personalized experiences for customers.
Downloadable from the Ford Developer Program website, SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator is a software program that helps developers create AppLink-enabled apps by allowing them to test how their apps will look and work on a SYNC 3 interface – without access to an actual vehicle.
“The SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator makes app development far more accessible to the developer community,” says Dave Hatton, manager of mobile app development, Ford Connected Vehicle and Services. “We expect this tool to open the door to a host of new and exciting car-friendly apps from developers, both big and small, around the world.”
With more than 15 million SYNC®-equipped vehicles on the roads around the world today and 43 million expected by 2020, Ford is introducing a free tool for smartphone app developers aimed at making it easy and cost-efficient to develop in-car apps compatible with the company’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system.
Ford will host its third annual SYNC AppLink Developer Conference in conjunction with CTIA Super Mobility 2016™, Sept. 7-9, in Las Vegas. Ford engineers will be on hand to explain the latest software tools for developing more personalized, vehicle-data-driven apps.
In addition, the Ford developer team will hold a hackathon, where developers can put into action what they have learned for a chance to win prizes. Past hackathons have attracted developers from around the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Hong Kong and Japan.