Steve Schwinke

Director of Application Development, Global Connected Consumer

Schwinke is currently director of developer ecosystem and application development for GM’s Global Connected Consumer business unit. In his current role, Schwinke is responsible for creating an environment within GM vehicles that allows developers to work with GM in a secure and controlled manner to design, test and deliver the most relevant, customizable and seamlessly integrated automotive apps.

He leads the team that is in charge of delivering the recently introduced SDK and vehicle framework will allow developers to create a new category of vehicle apps designed to interact with GM vehicles.

He is also in charge of defining a full certification process and business model for applications and for GM’s internal application delivery, such as OnStar’s Remote Link mobile app.

Previously, Schwinke was with OnStar for more than 15 years, where he lead the team of engineers and developers that invented, designed and piloted many of the industry’s first telematics services.

Steve began his career with OnStar in February 1997 where he was responsible for the development of the wireless technology for the first factory installed OnStar system. In 2000 he was promoted to Director of Systems Operations, responsible for device lifecycle management, end-to-end system performance and management of the wireless carrier relationships. In 2007 Steve was appointed Director of Service Line Management overseeing all the OnStar service offerings and roadmap for future services.  

Prior to joining OnStar, Steve worked at Ford Motor Company and GTE Government Systems in Mountain View California.  During this time he designed a variety of wireless communication subsystems and components.  Schwinke received his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in RF and Microwave Communication Systems from Santa Clara University and a BSEE from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.  He has been granted 11 patents in the area of Telematics.