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Android Coming to Cars Near You

Called AutoLinQ, the technology is hiding behind the usual touchscreen, but it will be capable of doing pretty much what an Android smartphone can do, including downloading apps. Developer Continental said that it will be offering a dedicated app store for AutoLinQ and is even pitching a developer program for its system.

The company did not say what network connectivity will be used, but given the trend we would assume that the technology should be able to either integrate its own 3G/4G service and will be able to tether with a smartphone. According to Continental, AutoLinQ will be available in the second half of this year and ship as option in commercial cars. There was no information which manufacturers have signed up to use the technology.

  • joytech22
    I can see this somehow being blamed for more car crashes, it isn't cars that crash it's people that crash.

    When you think you can drive and do something else at the same time, you know you're just waiting for a crash to happen, unless you eat while driving because you don't need to look at your food to know it's there, unlike texting you need to look down just to see what you've written.

    And manufacturers better get it through their heads that if they want to implement android into anything IT NEEDS TO HAVE THE GOOGLE MARKET.
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  • jkflipflop98
    joytech22I can see this somehow being blamed for more car crashes, it isn't cars that crash it's people that crash.When you think you can drive and do something else at the same time, you know you're just waiting for a crash to happen, unless you eat while driving because you don't need to look at your food to know it's there, unlike texting you need to look down just to see what you've written.And manufacturers better get it through their heads that if they want to implement android into anything IT NEEDS TO HAVE THE GOOGLE MARKET.
    Even eating while driving is bad. Doing ANYTHING other than driving while behind the wheel is bad.
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  • @ jkflipflop98

    Yea eating is the worst - you dirty your car....
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  • alyoshka
    A good thing would be to integrate this system into automobile engines for faulty/mechanical failure and then us it to control the car remotely and get the driver out of harms way, it could also be used to sense if the driver has had a sudden medical emergency or has fallen asleep and have help sent or stuff like that....
    The negative side of it is to have a cruise missile homed onto you thinking you're the member of a terrorist group just cos the telecom company managed to mess up the documentation... :)
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  • Thor
    During Android is everywhere, Microsoft continue to sleep.
    :)
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  • g00fysmiley
    kinda cool... maybe you'll have to get apps once the google self driving cards are out an app for passing, an app for overriding and running yellow lights >_< i kid but this is kinda cool, hopefully it only finds its was into the back seat area though to entertain the kidies nwo they can play angry birds instead of watchign the same dvd over and over again
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  • mayankleoboy1
    so will your car stop when its in a "no-coverge" area?
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  • eddieroolz
    I'm in the camp that wants further electronic disturbances kept out of cars. Too many people already crash and cause others to die while texting and calling, we don't need more.
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  • ericburnby
    This will go nowhere. This is the industry I work in - embedded systems for cars. QNX already has a stake in this area and is already being used. Android is NOT mission critical, QNX is. Nuff said.
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