A representative survey of 500 German car drivers shows that internet connectivity in the car is likely to rise sharply in coming years.

According to the survey, conducted by German market researchers TEMA-Q, 43 percent of all new cars are likely to be connected to the internet in five years. Currently, very few cars are connected to the Web.

Of those polled, 55 percent said they would be interested in internet connectivity in the next car they buy. German car drivers are most interested in better traffic and accident information and regular map updates for navigation.

But traditional online functions such as  e-mail, Web surfing and internet radio were seen as less relevant in the car.

Nine percent of respondents said they used the internet while in the through a mobile phone or smartphone. Younger people were higher-frequency users than older ones.