Automotive App Stores coming soon.
Thought this blog post on the Freescale TechForum and Auto App marketplaces was interesting...In particular, there is debate regarding liability for automotive applications which is a big factor in the sloooow pace of innovation.
I cannot help but note that mp3Car has the largest auto app store online right now.
"OEMs say they need to ensure that the vehicle can be operated safely; that liability issues are pre-empted; that key elements of in-vehicle HMI are properly integrated; that branding messages are preserved and not superseded; and that the security of the on-board systems and the customerís information are maintained. For these reasons, OEMs will be seeking assistance to establish validation processes and criteria for apps coming into the vehicle.
Liability stood out among these issues as a point of disagreement. While OEM representatives say car makers will be blamed for any app failure, and dealers will be forced to cope with these complaints, non-auto industry executives thought consumers would simply blame the app maker, telecom carrier or handsets supplier. Unfortunately, car makers cannot afford to gamble that they wonít be blamed for failures."