KPIT to strengthen Livio partnership by bringing SmartDeviceLink to more cars
  • KPIT will integrate GENIVI SmartDeviceLink into its In-vehicle Infotainment Platform - KIVI
  • Integration will enable developers to quickly integrate smartphone apps into infotainment head units
Las Vegas, NV/ Pune, India - January 6, 2014: KPIT (BSE: 532400; NSE: KPIT), a fast growing product engineering and IT consulting solutions and services provider to automotive & transportationmanufacturing and energy & utilities corporations, today announced that it will integrate GENIVI SmartDeviceLink into KPIT's In-Vehicle Infotainment (KIVI) platform through software partner, Livio. This integration will enable smartphone apps to be accessed through a vehicles voice and touch controls in a safe and non-distracting manner.
The integration aims to expand the growing ecosystem of automotive app developers and drive adoption of smartphone apps into vehicles by automakers and infotainment system manufacturers.
The SmartDeviceLink core automotive software and common APIs aim to provide an expandable software framework to both mobile application developers and automotive head unit makers for the creation and seamless integration of brought-in applications into a head unit. With its template-based approach, SmartDeviceLink allows developers to integrate applications into hardware quickly and efficiently while eliminating the need for constant support and one-on-one integration needed for individual apps.
"KPIT partnership with Livio keeps getting stronger every year. We are now working together towards an industry standard providing safe and fast connectivity between consumer smartphone apps and the dashboard. KPIT's large automotive customer base provides access and significant momentum towards this goal. said Jake Sigal, Founder and CEO, Livio.
We are excited to bring the benefits of SmartDeviceLink to automakers and their suppliers. Reaping the benefits of growing app developer ecosystem, automakers can rapidly bring new apps to their vehicles. said Anup Sable, Sr. VP & Head, Automotive & Allied Engineering, KPIT Technologies. " KIVI is designed to future-proof IVI systems by bringing in new features and cutting-edge infotainment technologies to automobiles rapidly."
GENIVI SmartDeviceLink is a project which intends to standardize and wrap the many in-vehicle interfaces which may exist in the automotive context. Both KPIT and Livio are members of the GENIVI alliance.
KIVI is an infotainment middleware product with a scalable and robust architecture. KIVI enables IVI manufacturers to shorten development cycle, rapidly introduce new features, enable mass personalization and maximize software re-use. KIVI is maintained and updated periodically by integrating support for new devices, new connectivity standards and new technologies relevant to the cars user experience.
About KPIT Technologies Ltd.
KPIT (BSE: 532400, NSE: KPIT), a global IT consulting and product engineering partner, is focused on co-innovating domain intensive technology solutions for corporations specializing in automotive & transportation, manufacturing and energy & utilities. A Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and leader in technology solutions and services, KPIT currently partners with 180+ global corporations including Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), high-tech manufacturers, oil & gas manufacturers and automotive Tier 1 companies.
KPIT is at the forefront of automotive engineering globally with product engineering solutions in the areas of AUTOSAR & in-Vehicle Networks, Body Electronics, Chassis, Safety Driver Assistance, Functional Safety, Vehicle Diagnostics, Infotainment and Powertrain. It currently partners with 200+ global corporations including carmakers and automotive component suppliers, and has implemented over 1500 automotive engineering projects globally. In Germany, KPIT has offices located in Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Stuttgart with a total of 120+ employees.
About Livio
ivio, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, was founded in the guest bedroom of CEO Jake Sigal’s home in Ferndale, Mich. in 2008. Still based in metro Detroit, Livio is an emerging leader in automotive technology. The Livio team made a mission out of setting the standard for safe, on-the-road access to mobile device applications. Whether they’re writing code after dark, playing dodge ball on a Thursday afternoon or brainstorming the next big thing, working at Livio is more than a job. It’s a way of life. Learn more about it at www.LivioConnect.com 
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