About Us

Livio began as a consumer electronics startup out of the Metro Detroit area in 2008 and later pivoted into mobile software and web technologies. As an emerging leader in automotive connectivity, Livio was acquired by Ford in 2013. Livio is the project maintainer of SmartDeviceLink and an active contributor to software projects within the Ford Research & Advanced Engineering organization.




Rear Seat Entertainment Prototype

The Rear Seat Entertainment prototype demoed the possibilities of brought-in entertainment. In the demo, rear seat iPads used an in-car LAN to connect while SDL was used to allow parental control over the video played. The video was then kept in sync to allow the rear seat passengers the ability to watch any video in the car synced between every device, all while allowing the parent easy control from the infotainment system.


SmartDeviceLink (SDL) is a standard set of protocols and messages that connect applications on a smartphone to a vehicle head unit. This messaging enables a consumer to interact with their application using common in-vehicle interfaces such as a touch screen display, embedded voice recognition, steering wheel controls and various vehicle knobs and buttons. There are three main components that make up the SDL ecosystem.

The Core component is the software which Vehicle Manufacturers (OEMs) implement in their vehicle head units. Integrating this component into their head unit and HMI based on a set of guidelines and templates enables access to various smartphone applications.The optional SDL Server can be used by Vehicle OEMs to update application policies and gather usage information for connected applications.

The iOS and Android libraries are implemented by app developers into their applications to enable command and control via the connected head unit.



The Super Helpful Application ID (SHAID) server manages Application IDs used by the SmartDeviceLink (SDL) components. This includes creation of new unique application IDs, anonymous distribution of the IDs to SDL partners, and the ability to revoke an existing ID. The SHAID server can also notify subscribing SDL Servers when an ID is revoked, allowing the SDL Server to take appropriate action.

Our Team

Austin Kirk

Android Developer

Chris Rokita

Jack Byrne

Jacob Keeler

Joel Fischer

Software Engineer - iOS

Joey Grover

Chief Technology Officer

Laura Tonwe

Program Manager

Lisa Stocking

Office Manager

Nick Schwab

Full Stack Engineer

Nicole Yarroch

Software Engineer

Paul Elsila

Chief Executive Officer

Sonya Smith

Interaction Designer

Theresa Lech

Program Manager


Why work at Livio? A small, start up culture with all the benefits of being a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Co. Flexible hours, health, dental, vision, Ford Retirement Plan and 401K.


Senior Software Engineer – Full Stack Web Development

  • javascript
  • Node.js
  • NoSQL
  • React.js

Mobile Software Engineer – Android (26238BR)

  • Android
  • Android Studio
  • Eclipse
  • java