Ford buys Livio to push common mobile apps in cars

Ford Motor, seeking compatibility with mobile applications from other car makers, has acquired Livio, a small developer of software that can link to navigation and infotainment systems, the automaker disclosed. Ford, which plans to combine its own Sync AppLink platform to Livio Connect, said the deal would also enable the car company to import talented engineers at a time when those skills are in high demand. Also, Sprint and Canada's Rogers Communications plan to deliver broadband services to new connected cars in that country by 2015 through the carrier's Sprint Velocity platform.

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