LAS VEGAS--UIEvolution Inc., a global leader in highly scalable connected device software platforms for the automotive, hotel and cruise industries, today announced at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that its industry-leading middleware platform, UIEngine™ and development tools now support SmartDeviceLink (SDL), allowing manufacturers and third-party developers an unparalleled ability to support both native and SDL-based connected car applications.
SDL is an open source technology set to standardize and make consistent the delivery of applications to the many in-vehicle interfaces existing in the automotive vertical today. SDL enables drivers to personalize their in-vehicle app experience. It also allows automakers to accelerate smartphone app integration while retaining their own brand identity, and app developers to innovate and deliver unique brand experiences.
“We are pleased to be a part of the first open solution for integrating applications into infotainment and connected car platforms,” said Chris Ruff, CEO and President of UIEvolution, Inc. “With strong automotive industry momentum behind new standards like SDL that treat applications equally regardless of phone operating systems and hardware, consumers, for the first time, will benefit from a seamless, integrated user experience and automotive manufacturers won’t have to cede control to consumer brands like Google and Apple.”
Since 2011, UIEvolution’s UIEngine and UIEngine Link™ have been installed globally on over 5 million vehicles, making it a leader in native connected car applications. With the addition of SDL to the platform, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), vehicle infotainment manufacturers and mobile phone application developers will have a new single solution for safely extending their Android and iOS mobile applications into the connected car ecosystem.
By integrating SDL support into the UIEngine technology, certified SDL head unit software will be integrated, optimized and tested for each OEM and infotainment manufacturer with customizable user experience screens. UIEvolution will also create a SDL Software Development Kit and an OEM-specific infotainment head unit emulator that includes OEM templates and Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi transports for debugging SDL applications with no additional hardware needed. UIEvolution’s UIEngine and SDL products are anchored by the company’s UIE CloudConnectTM, a cloud-based IVI platform that seamlessly links and delivers content and services from the web to the vehicle.
UIEvolution continues to work closely with Livio, a wholly owned Ford subsidiary, and other companies, to help manage the open source project. It announced support for SDL at TU-Automotive Detroit 2015 and continues to work with Livio, Ford and other industry leaders on acceleration toward a standardized way for drivers to interact with smartphone applications across vehicle brands.
UIEvolution will showcase its new SDL technology during International CES 2016 in the Livio booth located at LVCC North Hall, Booth 4230 and in their Demo Suite at The Palazzo Las Vegas. It will also host a SDL event on January 6, 2016 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. PST at the LVCC, North Hall, Room N-256.
UIEvolution is a vertical cloud Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider specializing in highly scalable connected device software and solutions across a broad range of markets, including Automotive, Cruise, Hotel, Retail and more. We believe that technology and connectivity should enhance and never distract from life experiences. From our inception in 2000, we have said - The User’s Experience Matters. And, now for nearly 15 years we have made software and provided services that deliver this vision. Headquartered in Seattle with offices in Tokyo and Detroit, UIEvolution has a proven track record with clients like Toyota, Lexus, DIRECTV, Princess Cruises, Samsung, AT&T, Holland America Lines, Microsoft, Disney, Mitsubishi and Panasonic. www.uievolution.com