” . . . the Jacobs Media JacAPPS division wins a prized place in the cockpit of Ford cars, as an officially recognized “house developer” that can put individual station apps into the dashboard.” – Tom Taylor Now
“Despite literally millions of gadgets and concepts at CES, the FORD program stands out because it levels the playing field for all apps, especially for radio stations.” – All Access
“By bringing the most popular Internet radio and music streaming services directly to the dashboard, car manufacturers are making the user experience even more seamless – and crucially, putting more listening options at driver’s fingertips.” – ReadWrite Mobile
“What’s great about this news is that jacAPPS is one of the largest radio app specialists in the US – they’re people who understand radio, working on radio’s in-car future. That’s a massive win for the industry.” -James Cridland
jacAPPS has been selected by The Ford Motor Company as the development house to help our clients, as well as all mobile app developers configure their apps to work on all cars that have the SYNC® AppLink™ system. This brings parity to radio stations, apps that use mapping, and any other app that can take advantage of the “connected car.”
For individual radio stations, this means that listeners will be able to access radio station apps through the vehicle’s center display. Using SYNC© voice command, along with steering wheel and radio buttons, listeners can enjoy a live audio stream or their favorite podcasts from within the mobile app. This is a significant breakthrough for the radio industry that will allow AM/FM stations to have parity on the vehicle’s digital screen.
For other app developers, jacAPPS is available to provide the necessary code and testing in order to pass Ford’s requirements.
The jacAPPS development team is available to provide development for any mobile application providing it meets Ford’s requirements. Information can be found on the Ford developer web site – developer.ford.com, but if any developer needs help, please email jacAPPS with a request for more information. We will be happy to discuss development fees, the testing process, and the steps necessary to enable your apps to work on the SYNC® AppLink™ system.
For more information, contact Alex Young at Alex@jacapps.com.