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Connectivity options such as those available to Mini drivers are increasing in popularity (Photo: BMW)

Buyers in Germany are showing sharply higher interest in connected cars, according to a study by market researchers Puls.

The study shows that, when asked how interested they would be in buying a connected car, 47 pc of those polled cited strong potential for such a purchase. That compares with 37 pc as recently as February.

Car buyers were most interested in the new options to get better information about traffic congestion. They also rated highly the possibility to search for gas stations with the lowest prices.

Other functions boosting the attractiveness of connected cars were seen as automatic emergency calls, car systems information, speed limit notification and information on free parking spaces. Potential car buyers showed strongly increased interest in these latter two functions.