GM Announces SDK For In-Car Infotainment System

This one is for all you app developers. General Motors has announced at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show that they will be releasing a software development kit (SDK) to developers in order to speed up the creation of apps for their in-car infotainment system.

GM hopes to accelerate the generation of apps for their in-car system so that they can start rolling them out with their 2014 models. The programming application programming interfaces (API) will be available for download so developers can begin to create new uses for the system.

To illustrate some of the uses of the system, GM demonstrated apps from four of their partners, The Weather Channel, Slacker, TuneIn and iHeart Radio. The apps covered things such as weather reports and a variety of music entertainment options. Scott Fosgard, a GM spokesman, stated that car owners will have the option to download and use the apps, and that while some will be free others will be available for a fee.

General Motors stated that they are committed to a "safe driving environment" and will review all of the submitted apps to ensure that they do not cause driving distractions. There goes my cunning plan for an in-car NextPowerUp app.