In Pictures: Beyond the smartphone - Emerging platforms developers should target next

From the car to the living room, technologies and markets are quickly evolving to offer lucrative possibilities for programming pioneers

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Car app development caveats

Safety is among car builders’ greatest detractions in opening up their platforms. While people can change radio stations while driving, changing a CD isn’t nearly as safe. Some argue even the best-designed hands-free interfaces can't solve the cognitive limitations of the human brain. The driver's brain should put driving first; even talking on a hands-free phones can be suspect.

Programmers aren't known for building crash-free products, and in the auto business, "crash" has ominous overtones. It's one thing to let the curious programmer monkey around with OBD-II to suck down stats about the efficiency of the engine, but what if the programmer stumbles onto a switch that changes an important setting irrevocably? It only takes a few high-profile mistakes to sully the platform.

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