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Open Source and the Open Road, Part 2

Dec 07, 2011, 13:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack M. Germain)

"The connected car is on the verge of going where no vehicle has ever gone before. Presently, many cars enable drivers to pair their mobile music and phone devices with their vehicles' sound systems. But cars with telemetry that will connect to cloud-based navigation and entertainment services could soon be common.

"Developers on the cutting edge see car makers keeping a lock on third-party apps pushed from cloud sources. But competition among automotive OEMs may push the envelope in regard to what types of apps the connected car might access.

"Still, it is too early to say with certainty whether the car of tomorrow will become the ultimate mobile device able to download a trunkload of specialized automotive-based applications. "

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