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Car Connectivity Consortium set to unveil its first MirrorLink products


September 13, 2011

The Car Connectivity Consortium is set to unveil the first products utilizing its MirrorLink standard, which allows for two-way communications between smartphones and vehicle systems

The Car Connectivity Consortium is set to unveil the first products utilizing its MirrorLink standard, which allows for two-way communications between smartphones and vehicle systems

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Smartphones have become a large part of many peoples' daily lives, while computer-based in-vehicle infotainment systems are on their way to becoming standard equipment in all new vehicles. While there are some smartphone apps that are able to interact with some in-car systems, for the most part the two have been leading separate existences. The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), however, wants to change that. The group, which contains high-profile member companies from the automotive and mobile communications industries, has established a new technical standard for two-way communications between in-dash displays and applications running on smartphones. It's named MirrorLink, and the first products utilizing the standard will be unveiled this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Previously known as Terminal Mode 1.0.1, MirrorLink is designed to allow automotive systems including digital displays, audio systems and steering wheel buttons to be directly linked with the driver or passenger's mobile device. This connection could be wired or wireless, via existing technologies such as USB, Bluetooth, HFP and A2DP.

The two-way connectivity would make it possible for the driver to use the car's simplified, strategically-placed controls for smartphone-related tasks such as making phone calls, while also allowing users to download driving-related apps (such as navigation systems) onto their phones, then using them in their car.

Should people be worried about distracted driving, the group claims that all MirrorLink-certified products would have to meet its safety guidelines, which involve keeping drivers' hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Ultimately, it comes down to one question - will the system cause people to multitask while driving, or would they be doing it anyway, and this way it's safer? The comments board is open.

CCC claims that its members currently represent about 60 percent of the market shares of both the automotive and smartphone industries. Those members include Alpine, Clarion, Daimler, Garmin International, General Motors, Honda R&D;, HTC, Hyundai Motor Company, LG Electronics, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony Corporation, Sony Ericsson AB, Toyota and Volkswagen.

The MirrorLink products to be announced in Frankfurt have not yet been revealed.

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

Sounds like a very welcome technology. In terms of misuse, I guess those who multitask while driving are doing it anyway right now. Looking forward to it being released fast.


Awesome! Say sayonara to \"made for ipod\" forever! Burn Apple!


Bought an aftermarket iPhone car charger for GBP1.99 and some stick on hook-and-loop tape for GBP0.99 and a GBP2 cable connects it to the car hi-fi.

Now I have a hands-free phone, free sat nav app, 3g web access and all my music through the car's system.

Total cost less than a fiver.

Doug MacLeod
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