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. For automakers and suppliers, SDL adoption broadens the choices for customers in how they connect and control their smartphones while on the move. SDL is the open source software on which the Ford AppLink platform is built. Industry adoption of SDL provides significant benefits to developers interested in connected their apps for safer in-vehicle use.


The Ford Developer Program opened its doors at CES in 2013, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Henry Ford’s birth, celebrating his innovative spirit and his belief that to create something truly great, he needed to surround himself with other likeminded individuals.  By creating the automotive industry’s first end-to-end developer ecosystem, Ford invited developers from all across the globe to innovate and see their content enjoyed in the vehicle in a way never seen before. At this monumental event, Ford contributed the AppLink core to the open source community…and SDL was born!


Magellan is a global pioneer in portable GPS technology and specialty navigation systems – having ignited the consumer electronics world since 1986 with more than 200 key patents in GPS technology. As the creator of the award-winning Magellan RoadMate®, and Maestro™ series portable car navigation products, as well as the Magellan Triton® and eXplorist® outdoor handheld navigation devices, the San Dimas, Calif.-based company has been known for its immense impact on the larger automotive, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness and mobile worlds. Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, OEM and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today's consumers.