The integration of the smart mobile phone into consumer vehicles will become all but standard on new models by 2016, it has been claimed.

Juniper Research has found that the number of cars connected to the internet will increase markedly in the coming years because of the rise in popularity of feature mobile phones.

The increase in people owning smartphones has been meteoric in recent times as regulator Ofcom suggested last month that 47 per cent of all teenagers in the UK now own a device. The domination of them was also highlighted as Kantar Worldpanel ComTech found that 71.4 per cent of mobile phone sales in the 12 weeks ending January 22nd 2012 were made up of smartphones.

Forecasts from Juniper Research show that 92 million vehicles will feature technology to integrate smartphones into the head-unit by 2016.

“Integrating the smartphone into consumer cars represents a new route for the mobile internet and infotainment to enter the vehicle,” report author Anthony Cox added.

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