Automaker Competition Focuses on Info Technology


Detroit Free Press - January 7, 2013

The newest trend in sell­ing more cars than the com­pe­ti­tion cen­ters around info­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy, as major automak­ers are well aware.

See what Ford and GM are doing right now.

Gen­eral Motors and Ford touted plans to open their vehi­cle info­tain­ment tech­nol­ogy to out­side soft­ware devel­op­ers so dri­vers can cus­tomize appli­ca­tions for their vehicles.

Ford’s announce­ment was [on] Mon­day. GM is to fol­low [Tues­day] at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Vegas.

They are fol­low­ing a path blazed by Apple, which allows inde­pen­dent soft­ware devel­op­ers to cre­ate apps for its iPhones and iPads. Face­book also allows out­side devel­op­ers to make apps for its social network.