Open data:

Public transit data 

  • DDOT: bus schedules, fares, passes, ADA services, rider alerts, transit safety
  • gov Detroit: GTFS; DDOT bus stops
  • SMART: bus schedules, fares, trip planner, bike rack use, Smart value pass, MyConnector
  • TransitWiki: DDOT .zip file data
  • APTA: 2015 public ridership transit data by region
  • TransitLand and TransitFeeds: aggregate data on routes, stops, and timetables from hundreds of public transit systems
  • Amtrak: Schedules, trip planner, tickets
  • Detroit People Mover: Station Guide, Ride Info, passes, tickets
  • M-1 Rail (Q-Line): Station stops, schedule, tickets


Traffic and road data

Personal safety and demographic data

Maps / public resource locations

Background articles and reports
Existing apps

OpenXC is an API that offers drivers more insight into how their cars run. Using the OpenXC platform, you can access the OpenXC data and start making vehicle-aware applications, even if you don’t own a Ford or even a car.

Using the OpenXC vehicle interface, you can read vehicle data in real-time — like the steering wheel angle, GPS position, and vehicle speed. Currently, OpenXC supports over a dozen different measurements on a growing list of Ford vehicles. To get started, review the OpenXC site to get access to OpenXC-formatted vehicle data, important documentation, and OpenXC FAQs.

Resources for native Android apps 

For Android app development, make sure you check out the Android Library Setup and App Tutorial pages on the OpenXC site.

Please note that if you want to use OpenXC to interact directly with a Ford vehicle, you’ll need to download the closed source CAN translator firmware directly from Ford and sign a developer agreement.

Resources for web apps and testing 

And more… 

SYNC® AppLink™

SYNC AppLink is a suite of APIs that provides the capability for mobile developers to AppLink-enable their mobile applications. Developers have the ability to extend the command and control of the mobile application’s features to the vehicle occupants in a responsible, non-distracting way through the use of familiar in-vehicle Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) such as SYNC Voice Command, Steering wheel and radio buttons.

The applications run on the mobile device without the need to install any third party software on the vehicle head unit. The AppLink APIs exchange program data as well as command and control information over a known transport layer, allowing SYNC to exchange messages with an AppLink-enabled application in a pre-determined format. This technology is similar to how Bluetooth phones and digital media are integrated and used on the SYNC production platform.

Using the recently released SYNC 3 AppLink Emulator, developers can now test how their AppLink-enabled appswill look and work on a SYNC 3 interface – without access to an actual vehicle. The emulator allows a smartphone to connect to a computer – just like it would normally connect to SYNC 3. The software platform then mimics SYNC 3 by connecting to the app running from the phone. You can set certain conditions – such as vehicle speed, location, temperature and mileage – to test how your app responds to each.

You can download the emulator at — you’ll need a Ford Developer account for access (create a developer account here).

Non-distracting in-vehicle interfaces

If your application is intended for use while driving, the Application must conform to In-Vehicle Approval Criteria from Ford for safe and non-distracting in-vehicle interfaces. (Note that a free Ford Developer Account is required to access these criteria. You can create a free Ford Developer Account at For more information, see the national generally accepted principles for in-vehicle interfaces.




The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM)

The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) is a non-profit trade association for connected technologies in Michigan, including: businesses that provide these technologies, and the businesses - in all industries - that use these technologies. MTAM is the first state-based connected technologies trade association in the U.S. and is focused on cross-industry connected tech collaboration, workforce training and development for connected technologies fields, national/international promotion of Michigan-based innovation utilizing these technologies, and creating sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in Michigan based on the use of these technologies.

Events MTAM is currently supporting:

MTAM Membership