BSQUARE and Ford have established a Telematics Competency Center under an agreement signed on June 29, 2010. The Competency Center will be staffed by BSQUARE and will focus on development and deployment of the next generation Sync in-dashboard information and infotainment system developed with BSQUARE under an existing agreement.
Initially the Competency Center will be staffed by 35 BSQUARE engineers, with 20 of those engineers having an initial one-year commitment from Ford.
Ford SYNC(R) offers an unprecedented number of features — such as navigation, hands-free calling, phone book, text to voice messaging and CD, DVD, radio and media player control — through a single touch screen or by voice command. BSQUARE worked closely with Ford and integrated the technologies of other Ford partners to develop the system that makes all of these features function as a single integrated solution. The work included developing the user interface and managing hardware and software integration.
Ford and BSQUARE also modified the terms of their existing agreement under an amendment signed June 29, 2010. The amendment includes, among other things, a commitment by Ford to pay BSQUARE for certain overruns it incurred on development of Sync, a significant portion of which is payable immediately.