Mercedes-Benz Planning Its Own App Store

Chief designer Gordon Wagener wants to offer dedicated apps to their drivers, similar to BMW and Audi’s plans.

The chief designer for Mercedes-Benz, Gordon Wagener, has said that the company wants to offer Internet applications for their cars in the future.

We have our own telematics research and graphics pre-development operation in Palo Alto (California). In addition, we can imagine developing a so-called ‘Mercedes App Store,’ with apps that make the life of the Mercedes driver even more comfortable.

This echoes Audi’s research into an integrated app store and BMW’s app system, available on its 2011-12 models, which includes a streaming internet radio service you can operate using the car’s controls.

A dedicated app store from Mercedes, for creating and distributing its own apps, would be the next big step for the brand, following its introduction of iPad integration and model-specific apps for other platforms.

[via AutoSpies]

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