GM Unveils Dashboard App Development Program
January 7, 2013 at 5:35 PM (PT)
GENERAL MOTORS has unveiled a new development program to allow third parties to develop apps and for car owners to add apps after initial purchase. GM is offering a software development kit with APIs to allow apps to interact with GM's MYLINK dashboard system starting in select 2014 GM vehicles. The announcement named four "potential partners," including iHEART RADIO, TUNEIN, SLACKER, and THE WEATHER CHANNEL. GM previously limited app access to the ONSTAR system and to select developers only.
“There will be a category of apps that will be unique to our cars and very different from what people use today on their smartphones or tablets,” said GM Chief Infotainment Officer PHIL ABRAM. “It’s not just taking phone apps and making them functional in a car, which most car companies do in some form now. Instead, GM may approve applications that stem from vehicle ownership. For example, customers can choose to download applications that assist them in driving more safely or in a more fuel efficient manner, possibly decreasing the costs of vehicle ownership.”
“GM customers will soon be able to personalize and update the apps in their vehicles,” added ABRAM, “compared to today, when you purchase a vehicle and the infotainment features are fixed and remain the same throughout the ownership experience.”
For more information, go to http://developer.gm.com.