Leading car manufacturer Renault has chosen AVG Technologies N.V. (NYSE: AVG) to add an extra layer of security to its ground-breaking new embedded and connected navigation and multimedia platform, Renault R-Link. AVG already provides internet and mobile security to more than 146 million active users worldwide, and it has now deployed its web-scanning architecture to enable all apps in the Renault R-Link store to be protected from all known malware.
Developed in collaboration with leading sat-nav experts, Renault R-Link combines an affordable, touchscreen multimedia device with a curated online app store. At launch, there will be over 50 apps to choose from, spanning travel, entertainment, news and social media, with plans to add many more in the future. The system is available today on the new Renault Clio and will be rolled out to other models in the range during 2013, including the eagerly-anticipated all-electric ZOE model, the Kangoo Express and the Captur.
To create peace of mind, the AVG logo is displayed on the Renault R-Link store alongside the phrase “Protected by AVG.” All security scanning is done online, before users download apps to their R-Link device.
John Giamatteo, COO of AVG Technologies, explains: “AVG provides total peace-of-mind to millions of people in their daily digital lives. As the ‘connected car’ becomes a reality, it is vital that drivers and passengers can enjoy the same freedom from worry with their in-car devices. This partnership with Renault is a natural and logical step for us, and we look forward to working together as R-Link builds momentum as a platform.”
Jean-François Martin, Director of Renault Service International, said,“Renault R-Link allows Renault drivers and their passengers to enjoy seamless multimedia connectivity and entertainment in a safe environment. As a download-enabled device designed for automotive use, it is imperative that we deliver absolute safety and security. That’s why we chose to partner with AVG Technologies, which has a long history of delivering innovative and successful security solutions.”
About AVG Technologies (NYSE: AVG)
AVG’s mission is to simplify, optimize and secure the Internet experience, providing peace of mind to a connected world. AVG’s powerful yet easy-to-use software and online services put users in control of their Internet experience. By choosing AVG’s software and services, users become part of a trusted global community that benefits from inherent network effects, mutual protection and support. AVG has grown its user base to 146 million active users as of December 31, 2012 and offers a product portfolio that targets the consumer and small business markets and includes Internet security, PC performance optimization, online backup, mobile security, identity protection and family safety software.
The Renault group, present in 118 countries, designs, develops, manufactures and sells passenger cars and light commercial vehicles under the Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors brands. To meet the new challenges facing the automotive industry, both environmental and economic, Renault is implementing a two-pronged strategy: improvements to existing technologies with new generations of carbon-efficient engines, and the breakthrough “Zero Emission” programme. Renault launched a zero-emission range in 2011 with Fluence ZE and Kangoo ZE, followed in 2012 by Twizy, an innovative urban quadricyle, and ZOE, which arrives on the market. This range makes innovation affordable to the greatest number. With its partner Nissan, Renault is targeting world leadership in the mass marketing of zero-emission vehicles.
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