Ford has launched an open mobile app developer program, enabling software developers to integrate their apps with its SYNC connectivity system and AppLink application programming interface (API).
App developers can register at http://developer.ford.com to download the AppLink SDK. Currently, the three main categories of AppLink-enabled apps include News and Information, Music and Entertainment, Navigation and Location, for Android and iOS.
Once a developer has incorporated AppLink code into the app, it will be submitted for review by Ford engineers. Once approved, Ford will work with the developer to provide a distribution license.
SYNC was co-developed by Ford and Microsoft. Since debuting in 2007 on the Focus, Ford has added features to SYNC including AppLink, 911 Assist, Vehicle Health Report and SYNC Services, a cloud-based service network featuring traffic reports, and turn-by-turn directions, among other things.