Renault Shows Off Android In-Car Tablet

By Pamela Perez

Renault and Google have partnered to wheel out the French vehicle makers newest cars, Clip and ZOE, with an integrated Android-based R-Link in-car tablet.

By Pamela Perez

Renault and Google have partnered to wheel out the French vehicle makers newest cars, Clip and ZOE, with an integrated Android-based R-Link in-car tablet.

This is the first time Google's Android OS has been used by a major car maker. The all-new Clip will be the first to sport the R-Link and the upcoming ZOE electric car will be the next to get it.

The tablet forms an integral part of the cabin centre console. The hardware involves a 7-inch touchscreen with a personalised home screen.

The tab has six core apps icons: Navigation, Multimedia, Phone, Vehicle, Services and Applications and System. The navigation is provided by TomTom and includes the full HD Traffic treatment. 

To make this even more amazing, you can have all the apps you want on the device with Renault rolling out an R-Link store offering custom Android apps. The apps catalogue will cover everything from journey optimisation (TomTom LIVE services, fuel prices) and vehicle info to more practical help (phone numbers, Yellow Pages), comms (e-mails, R-Tweet app) and travel information.

Initially, 20 apps are available for download from the R-Link store including Guides Michelin, Guide Marco Polo, Métro, Euronews, Elle Astro, Tourism Radio, Balumpa, Apila and I-Dispo.

An introductory pack will also be included with the car purchase- e-mail, Weather, Renault Assistance and Renault R-Link Tweet, plus the LIVE services associated with the TomTom and Coyote Series functions. 

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