More cars these days are equipped with display screens and sophisticated infotainment systems, but as the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) points out, even the most advanced infotainment systems cannot match the breadth of functionality in even the most ordinary smartphones.
The CCC exists to promote MirrorLink™ (formerly known as Terminal Mode) as a safe way to allow drivers to use smartphones in cars. With a phone and a car that each support MirrorLink, drivers can use MirrorLink-certified apps on their smartphones about as easily as they can use their car radio or adjust the vehicle’s HVAC.
That has been easier said than done, but MirrorLink momentum appears to be building. This week MirrorLink technology developer RealVNC announced that Fujitsu launched six MirrorLink-certified Android mobile devices for use on Japanese networks.
“The release of these devices heralds the start of a flood of MirrorLink certified production-ready technology, particularly in Asia and the Far East,” said RealVNC vice president, mobile, Tom Blackie.
Shortly thereafter, the CCC announced that PSA Peugeot Citroën will present two new MirrorLink-enabled vehicles at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show. The CCC said PSA Peugeot Citroën is among the world’s first automakers to deliver factory-installed, MirrorLink-enabled infotainment systems to the mass market.
CCC president and executive director Alan Ewing expressed optimism: “In the past four months, the CCC has witnessed a sea change in the availability and momentum of MirrorLink-enabled products,” he said. “These rollouts are key additions to more than 500 products already on the market – and represent the true next generation of car-smartphone connectivity. Most of all, vehicle line-fits confirm that MirrorLink is officially in the here and now.”
The CCC has more than 100 members that, according to the organization, represent more than 80 percent of the world’s auto market, more than 70 percent of the global smartphone market and a “who’s who” of aftermarket consumer electronics vendors.
Does your smartphone work with MirrorLink? How about your car? Is the technology something you’ll look for in your next purchase of either?