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.