The SmartDeviceLink Consortium, Inc. (SDLC) was officially established November 30, 2016. The SDLC is an open source community for the advancement of SmartDeviceLink (SDL), a standard set of protocols and messages that connect applications on a smartphone to a vehicle head unit. Learn more about SmartDeviceLink.

SDLC membership is open to OEMs, Suppliers and App Developers who are integrating with SDL or have plans to integrate with SDL in the future. The SDLC meets regularly to discuss the evolution of SDL and enhancements to the SDL ecosystem.



The idea that would eventually become SmartDeviceLink started in a small team in Ford Motor Company as a solution that would enable existing smartphone applications to interface with vehicles. Ford first launched the product as AppLink™ in the 2013 Ford Fiesta. As part of an effort to evolve the company’s efforts in mobility and software, Ford contributed SDL into the open source. In September 2013, Ford acquired a small software team in Ferndale Michigan to maintain and improve the software.

Today, the software is at the forefront of device connectivity solutions in automotive, boasting a thriving Automaker and App Developer ecosystem. Tomorrow, SDL will continue to expand its reach in device connectivity to the vehicle, beyond smartphones and in vehicle displays.