Deutsche Telekom picks Android for in-car apps

Deutsche Telekom plans to put internet apps into all vehicles via an Android-based on-board computer.

Deutsche Telekom plans to put internet apps into all vehicles via an Android-based on-board computer.

Working with tyre maker Continental, Deutsche Telekom plans to demonstrate a protoype of the apps-orientated system, AutoLinQ, at the upcoming Cebit show.

Apps are installed either permanently or downloaded via a special browser. Drivers will be able to search for apps, download music, pick up news, read e-mail and answer it using voice recording technology, all without taking their hands off the wheel or eyes off the road, the firms promise.

The core functions of AutoLinQ include an online address book linked to the navigation system. Drivers can type in journey destinations on the computer at home or work before getting in the car, or via their mobile phone when out and about, Deutsche Telekom said in a statement.

As the vehicle is connected to Deutsche Telekom's mobile network, drivers can call up information that tells them where the car is parked, or check whether the sunroof is open and close it remotely using their phone.

AutoLinQ is based on research results from T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom's corporate customers arm.

"The aim is to make the internet and specific apps for drivers part of standard equipment in all categories of vehicle," Deutsche Telekom said.

The company said it had been inspired by the iPhone, whose simple operation and wide range of apps had set standards that are now gaining a firm foothold in the automotive world.

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