Nokia has joined forces with the Consumer Electronics for Automotive working group (aka CE4A) to release what they call “the Terminal Mode technology specification” – which should become an industry standard for integrating smartphones and mobile applications into in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Nokia envisions a world where screens and audio systems embedded in cars can fully connect to smartphones, and access mobile apps or services like navigation and music from Nokia’s Ovi.
How soon this will happen depends on how fast car manufacturers adopt the Terminal Mode technology specification, which is available to anyone via Nokia’s website.
Nokia has already established collaborations with companies in the car industry, including Fiat, Alpine Electronics, Continental, Harman Becker, Valmet Automotive and Magneti Marelli. Moreover, the CE4A’s members include car makers like Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler and Porsche, so we should expect Nokia phones to be integrated into lots of car models’ infotainment systems sometime in the future.
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