Ford Acquires Livio to Advanced In-Vehicle Connectivity

Ford has acquired Michigan startup Livio as the American automaker looks to lead the way in in-vehicle connectivity.

The Ferndale, Mich. company has developed software to connect apps on your smartphone to your vehicle’s dashboard. The two companies plan on developing an industry-wide standard for smartphone-to-vehicle communications. Livio’s software is currently compatible with several commonly used apps and works with all major smartphone devices.

“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.

Livio will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Global Technologies and will function as a separate department. Ford will also have access to a broad group of application developers.

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