Lynk & Co’s EV is the first car with its own app store

The first Lynk & Co vehicles reach China first in 2017, with Europe and the US coming later.

As a rule, automakers see software in a car as a means to an end. Even Tesla, as cutting edge as it may be, is only willing to give its code so much attention. However, China’s Geely wants to see what happens when you put code at the forefront. It’s launching a new Lynk & Co brand whose inaugural electric vehicle, the 01 compact SUV, is supposedly the most connected car to date. The centerpiece is an open software platform (built with help from Alibaba and Microsoft) that lets developers sink their teeth in — it even has the first dedicated app store for cars. Lynk & Co doesn’t provide examples, but it’s easy to see a streaming music service offering an app just for your 01, or custom navigation apps that go beyond the usual in-car GPS.