The Ford Motor Co. has acquired a Michigan software company that will help make their SYNC system the industry standard for smartphone to vehicle communication.
The startup application developer Livio was acquired by the Ford Motor Company last week. Ford said the purchase of Livio was aimed to accelerate vehicle communication innovation. Ford said this acquisition will make the SYNC the most innovative and the safest smartphone to vehicle communication platform on the road today.
“With the additional expertise Livio provides us, Ford intends to continue to lead the next generation of in-car connectivity with technology advancements that give consumers more options to access their devices on the go,” said Paul Mascarenas, chief technical officer and vice president, Ford Research and Innovation.
Livio is known in the software industry for building products that improve the connection between software and hardware.
“At Livio, our philosophy is centered on bringing customers more connectivity with less hassle,” said Livio CEO Jake Sigal. “We believe this partnership is an excellent match, as it will give us the ability to work with Ford to provide customers even more access to new technologies in the vehicle infotainment space.”
By 2015, Ford aims to have more than 14 million vehicles installed with its SYNC system.
“Ford is acquiring Livio to advance connectivity for our customers and to lead the way in in-vehicle connectivity for the entire automotive industry,” said Bill Coughlin, president and CEO, Ford Global Technologies.