R-Link is Renault’s unique infotainment system, which is a tablet for the car. These days every car maker must have its own info media thingy.
R-LINK will provide future Renault vehicles with affordable, intuitive multimedia connectivity, both with the outside world and with its users. It 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, where the R-Link was unveiled, to invite app developers to play a part in this adventure thanks to the establishment of a partnership with Paris Incubateur.
Like other systems, the R-Link is basically a smartphone with navigation and vehicle data features.
Renault press release:
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 R?gion 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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