LOS ANGELES -- Ford Motor Co. has rewarded a company for creating a smartphone app that promises to make finding fuel easier.
Team FuelSignal developed an application called FuelSignal that helps motorists locate gasoline stations, buy discounted gasoline and receive loyalty credits.
Team FuelSignal emerged as the winner from among the 10 contestants that showed off their apps at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month. The 10 companies worked with Ford for two months to develop their apps on Ford's Sync AppLink platform.
Team FuelSignal's reward will be to launch its application officially with Ford at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas, said Elizabeth Halash, a Ford engineer. The consumer electronics show is in January.
Ford and other automakers are trying to make autos friendly to heavy users of smartphones. At the same time, they want to maintain control over new apps to limit driver distraction.