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The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off

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GM said it hopes its APIs will become industry standard.

Future apps could use a vehicle’s GPS and passenger video screen to render real-time guides to constellations of stars that are viewable through the moonroof, or use vehicle location to proactively recommend changing thermostat settings at home, GM

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Earlier this month, automaker General Motors (GM) released a suite of open source application programming interfaces (APIs) so software developers can build apps that integrate with connected vehicle hardware.

GM's Frank Ghenassia said his company and other manufacturers hope the automotive industry will establish an app development and innovation landscape similar to Apple's through such resources.

The API deployment is part of an overarching revamp of GM's software development capabilities, and the automaker hopes its APIs will be adopted as industry standards so open source-developed apps will be compatible with multiple manufacturers' vehicles.

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