While the Internet Of Things frenzy is in full swing in China, local tech giants are expanding their interests in connecting cars.

Chinese internet giant Tencent unveiled its internet-of-vehicle (IoV) open platform Tencent Automotive Services yesterday with the launch of an IoV ROM, an IoV app as well as API MyCar.

Powered by the Android system, the new IoV ROM sports multiple smartphone-like capabilities, such as navigation, instant messaging, news, security services and weather applications. Tencent Map and Didi Chuxing provide navigation data to the system. Its WeChat and QQ integration allow speech input and real-time location sharing. The system, which is still under trial, is now compatible with some Volkswagen cars.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.