The top three US carmakers are spearheading a new standards body, which aims to draw up specifications for multimedia in-car systems.
General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Daimler-Benz and Renault formed the Automotive Multimedia Interface Consortium this week, focusing initially on Internet connections from the car, carphones and information or entertainment systems.
A spokesperson said the work aimed to lower product and research costs, cut time to market and increase safety, but that it would not affect integral components of the vehicle that might be computerised, such as automatic brakes.
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