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Renault R-Link multimedia tablet announced [video]

Renault has announced R-LINK, a built-in console tablet, which represents the auto firms' latest development for in-car multimedia connectivity. R-Link will first appear in the Renault Zoe and new Clio models late next year possibly 2013, but eventually will equip all forthcoming Renault passenger vehicles.

R-LINK features a large 18cm (7 inch) touch display with steering wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition. Renault makes no mention if the tablet is removable or which OS it is using, but the user interface provides access to all car's functions and data as well as GPS TomTom LIVE navigation.

To add an additional level of purpose to R-LINK, Renault has also announced the R-LINK Store which follows the same model as Apple's App Store. At the time of its release, R-LINK Store will offer more than 50 smartphone applications. They will be downloadable directly to the tablet inside the car or via the My Renault account.

Renault is reaching out to developers to create new apps for the R-LINK Store. With a concentration on automotive mobility apps such as navigation aids, infomobility applications and in-car entertainment, Renault hopes to "encourage the creation of a start-up ecosystem to focus on mobility-related connected services." Renault get things started by launching a start-up incubator in March 2012 in cooperation with the Laboratoire Paris Region Innovation.

Check out the press release below for information on how to apply.

R-Link, the integrated, connected tablet

As a partner of the LeWeb'11 exhibition, Europe's number one showcase for digital entrepreneurs, Renault has chosen the Parisian show to reveal R-LINK, the tactile, integrated, connected tablet that is poised to equip its forthcoming models.

R-LINK will provide future Renault vehicles with affordable, intuitive multimedia connectivity, both with the outside world and with its users.

R-LINK is a scalable tablet thanks to the input of application developers who will progressively upgrade its content.

Renault will profit from the LeWeb'11 show to invite app developers to play a part in this adventure thanks to the establishment of a partnership with Paris Incubateur.

R-LINK, AN INTEGRATED, CONNECTED, MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM THOUGHT THROUGH FOR IN-VEHICLE USE

To enable drivers to control its functions without taking their eyes off the road, R-LINK features a large 18cm tactile display, steering wheel-mounted controls and speech recognition. R-LINK also delivers comprehensive connectivity for automotive services and applications in an AppStore (R-LINK Store).

R-LINK is a straightforward, user-friendly interface that covers all the car's functions and data. The menu provides access to the world of in-car multimedia, GPS TomTom LIVE navigation, the R-LINK Store, etc. Users will also be able to customise both their homepage and access to their favourite applications.

At the time of its release, R-LINK Store will pack more than 50 existing useful and community smartphone applications adapted to use on the move. They will be downloadable directly to the tablet inside the car or via the My Renault account.

R-LINK will equip ZOE and New Clio. In keeping with its determination to make access to innovations an affordable reality for all, R-LINK will be available for all forthcoming Renault models at an unrivalled low price.

After becoming the first brand to propose steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote audio controls and in-car navigation, after making the hands-free card, high-res displays and GPS navigation (Carminat TomTom for €490) affordable, readily available features, and after launching connected navigation (Carminat TomTom LIVE), Renault continues to innovate with R-LINK.

RENAULT LAUNCHES A CAMPAIGN TO BRING DEVELOPERS ON-BOARD

Like Renault, developers and start-up businesses are actively exploring technologies and services that address the problems associated with automotive mobility (navigation aids, infomobility applications, in-car entertainment, etc.).

Renault and Laboratoire Paris Région Innovation wish to encourage the creation of a start-up ecosystem to focus on the issue of mobility-related connected services and TICs. A new start-up incubator specialising in this field is due to be inaugurated in March 2012.

Renault is looking to build relationships with young, innovative businesses (less than four years' existence) which are either in the process of developing or which have already released their first product or service. The objective of these partnerships is to enable such companies to complete their research in ideal conditions (private offices, personalised individual guidance, finance, etc.).

The forms and list of documents it is necessary to provide when applying to be taken on-board by the ‘Connected Services and TIC for Mobility' incubator can be downloaded from www.paris.fr/pro until January 31, 2012.

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eemo_crash
Looks a lot like Saab's Android based iQon system that is/was? set to debut in the 2012 Saab 9-3.
Dec 11, 2011 9:38 pm
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ShaunIsaac
What I dreamed about! - Cheers
Dec 10, 2011 9:12 am
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Douglas6250
This really is the trend of IT products today. So glad that IT advancements are taking place so quickly, with those "apps" in the form of Apple's OS and Android really makes the world a better place to live in !
Dec 9, 2011 1:59 pm
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