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.