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.





SmartDeviceLinkā„¢ connects in-vehicle infotainment systems to smartphone applications allowing automakers the opportunity to provide customers with highly integrated connected experiences, and app developers with new and exciting ways of connecting with their customers. Livio is the project maintainer of the open-source project, SDL.

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.


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

Software Engineer - Android

Bilal Alsharifi

Software Engineer

Chris Rokita

Software Engineer - Web

Jack Byrne

Software Engineer - Embedded

Jacob Keeler

Software Engineer - Embedded

Jonathan Cooper

Interaction Designer

Joel Fischer

Software Engineer - iOS

Joey Grover

Chief Technology Officer

Laura Tonwe

Program Manager

Lisa Stocking

Office Manager

Nick Schwab

Software Engineer -Full Stack

Nicole Yarroch

Software Engineer - iOS

Paul Elsila

Chief Executive Officer

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