The number of apps in use is expected to reach 270 million by 2018 according to the latest telematics research.

Juniper Research have released a report: Connected Cars: Consumer & Commercial Telematics and Infotainment 2014-2018.

Earlier this year, Apple launched CarPlay that allows you to sync your phone and your digital controls in your car via a USB port. Juniper imagine this update will fuel the growth of in-car apps in the next four years.

“By 2018 most new vehicles will come with integrated apps as standard,” says the report’s author, Anthony Cox, “after-market app integration will also be commonplace, as head-unit manufacturers launch increasingly sophisticated devices”.

However, he observed that as with smartphone apps, only a small proportion will create revenues for their creators, even though they will enhance the driving experience.

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