Every automaker wants their vehicle owners and drivers to be as comfortable as humanly possible. In this information age, part of that drive is to bring applications straight to the end user—which is why Mercedes-Benz is taking a good, long look at making its own app store integrated into its COMAND infotainment system.
This comes off the heels of Audi announcing its plan to make a possible app store for its own MMI infotainment system, announced as a possibility during the 2011 CES. Merc chief designer Gorden Wagener commented that the Merc app store would feature apps that make life more comfortable for Merc drivers.
Of course, Wagener knows that the app store would mean requiring high-speed wireless internet available in the cars. “It will take a while before we bring this into cars across the board,” he says. “The big issue here is the infrastructure. Without a data infrastructure that permits fairly high transmission speeds into the car, it’s no fun and it doesn’t make sense.”