As a partner of the LeWeb’11 exhibition,Europe’s number one showcase for digital entrepreneurs, Renault has launched 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 seize the opportunity of LeWeb’11 to invite app developers to share in this adventure in a partnership
R-LINK, AN INTEGRATED, CONNECTED, MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM DESIGNED FOR IN-CAR USE
To allow 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 voice 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.
Since becoming the first brand to offer steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote audio controls and in-car navigation, after making the hands-free card, affordable GPS satellite navigation (Carminat TomTom for £450) 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 Region Innovation wish to encourage the creation of a start-up ecosystem to focus on mobility-related connected services. A new start-up incubator specialising in this field is due to be launched in March 2012.
Renault is looking to build relationships with young, innovative businesses (those who have been in existence for less than four years) who are either in the process of developing or 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 to apply to the ‘Connected Services for Mobility’ can be downloaded from www.paris.fr/pro before January 31, 2012.