Developers working on mashups may want to take note of a recent announcement by Ford that it intends to make SYNC, it's on-board vehicle system, accessible to developers next year. The general implication is that millions of vehicles could become platforms for all kinds of mashups and apps that integrate with various parts of the SYNC system, including its stereo and navigation modules.
Stitcher; the mobile leader in news, entertainment, sports, and talk radio; recently released Stitcher Connect. Stitcher Connect is "talk radio's first API developed for the car." The API delivers all of the features of Stitcher's mobile app (Stitcher Smart Radio) directly to the vehicle. According to Stitcher CEO, Noah Shanok, "Over a third of our listeners are currently using Stitcher in the car [via the mobile app]." The next logical step was to integrate directly with the automobile, so "listeners can seamlessly access and discover the best of over 10,000 shows on Stitcher in the car."