A Classification of Car-related Mobile Apps: For App Development from a Convergence Perspective

차량용 모바일 앱의 분류: 융복합 관점의 앱 개발을 위해

  • Zhang, Chao (College of Business Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) ;
  • Wan, Lili (College of Business Administration, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies) ;
  • Min, Daihwan (Department of Digital Management, Korea University Sejong Campus)
  • 장차오 (한국외국어대학교 경영대학) ;
  • 완리리 (한국외국어대학교 경영대학) ;
  • 민대환 (디지털 경영학과)
  • Received : 2016.12.25
  • Accepted : 2017.03.20
  • Published : 2017.03.28


This study selected car-related mobile apps for app developers suffering from low revenue and classified car apps assisting users in driving or managing a car. A total of 697 car apps were classified into eight categories. Most apps are in four categories: car news & information (28%), locating service (23%), car rental service (15%), safe/efficient driving service (12%). The remaining categories are buying & selling, driver's communication, maintenance management, and expenses monitoring. Many apps are simple and too similar in their main functions. Only a few apps are designed to be more comprehensive and have functions in two or more categories. For the practicality of the categorization scheme, this study checked the inter-rater reliability in two tests and got 0.886 and 0.828. The result from this study suggests functions that are not implemented yet or need to be combined. Future research will focus on identifying promising car apps or designing multi-functional car apps.


Mobile Apps;Car Apps;App Classification;Connected Car Services;Smart Cars


Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF)


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