Renault, Facebook, Bosch, Fiat, Volvo and Spotify Share Brand New Insight on Hosting Content in the Vehicle


Telematics Update have reported that  global automotive companies are demonstrating fundamental changes in design strategies as in-vehicle content  becomes ever more prevalent.

Applications that previously were kept at arms-length by the automakers are now being explored and adapted for the vehicle. Facebook, Spotify, Google’s Android are all examples of non-automotive companies that are making great headway in the vehicle platform. Many automakers are starting to realise how the modern consumer interacts with technology. A user interface (UI) on a head unit does not need to look half as complex as the interior of engine, which means that new partnerships for software, content and operating systems lay ahead.

For Renault, the reason for using Android as the O.S in their new app-based in-vehicle infotainment system, R-Link was simple. As Emmanuel Bonbon recently said in an interview with Telematics Update “Whatever the solution is, it must be extremely simple for the customer. For us (the automaker), it’s very innovative. But for them (the consumer) it must be as simple as, ‘I want a new app, and so I go and buy it.‘“

To help align the paradoxes that exist between automotive and consumer electronics leaders, Telematics Update are hosting a unique event this June to bring together the giants of the in-vehicle infotainment world. The Content & Apps for Automotive Conference & Exhibition (18-19th June, Munich, Germany) will provide key strategies, analysis and networking opportunities to  help the automotive, device and mobile content  industries  to identify opportunities surrounding  in-car apps and content.

This year’s event will bring together automakers, tier one suppliers, content and mobile leaders to discuss the latest OEM content strategies,business models for app stores, new advances to work more closely with the developer ecosystem (such as HTML5 ready platforms) andoperating system trends amongst other topics. See the full agenda and speakers here

Speakers at the 2013 event include:

Reinhard  Jurk, Project Manager –  Connected Drive, BMW

Bruce Hazan, Senior Solution Engineer, Facebook

JoergLuetzner, Director – Online Services, Continental Automotive

Andrei  Iordache, Product Management Specialist, Kia Motors

Emmanuel Bonbon, Connectivity and Multimedia General Manager, Renault

CandidoPeterlini, Director – Infotainment Product Concept , Fiat Automotive

Pascal de Mul, Global head of hardware partnerships, Spotify

Ulrich Kersken, Chief Architect, Robert Bosch

Lars, Möreke, Mobile Services, Volkswagen Financial Services

Martin Kristensson, Head of Content Acquisition, Volvo

Get your own copy of the complete Content & Applications for Automotive Europe 2013 conference program and speaker line-up at:, or contact the Conference Director, Emily Savage.


Emily Savage
Conference Director | Telematics Update | +44 (0) 207 375 7532