Is it ignition time for in-car apps?

ABI Research forecast last month that there will be 35.1 million shipments of cars with in-car entertainment systems equipped with one or more smartphone integration technologies by 2018, with nearly 50 percent based on Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and close to 45 percent using MirrorLink, the device interoperability standard created by the Car Connectivity Consortium. However, independent application developers should not get their hopes up too much. partly because regulatory issues and other conditions from car manufacturers might make the costs of developing such apps prohibitive. For more on the in-car app market, check out this FierceDeveloper special report.

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