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Third-party automotive apps: evolution and present

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The new integrated technologies in the automotive world are growing, and what we saw two years ago has nothing to do with what we see now. Still, from what we read, we have a long way to go.

Among the most important services included in the applications integrated in the car today is Ford SYNC AppLink, a service that allows drivers to use voice controls to manipulate the applications installed on the smartphone (currently supporting up to a list of 40 applications). Other similar services that we can find are BMW Connected Drive, which lets us manipulate Twitter, Yelp and Facebook, or the Audi Connect service that allows us to read e-mails on-the-go.

Energy saving is also making its way in the sector, thanks in part to the US Department of Energy, which recently launched a contest in which developers were motivated to create applications to improve security and energy efficiency with which they could access vehicle data.

Since July the sector has continued to grow with more and more developers who dare to innovate with their ideas always related to the creation and testing of applications to interact with the vehicle via mobile phone, tablet, or PC.

If you are interested in the sector and want to know more about what is progressing and evolving in this world, you can find out about the Content and Apps for Automotive Europe 2014 event that will be held in Munich in April next year.