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New Car Connectivity Consortium aims to standardize in-vehicle infotainment systems

A group of the world’s leading automotive mobile communications and consumer electronics companies have formed a new consortium to standardize in-vehicle connectivity systems. The Car Connectivity Consortium was launched on March 16 by 11 companies, across several industries, intent on driving global innovation for in-vehicle connectivity, including the ‘Terminal Mode’ standard. Founding members include vehicle manufacturers Daimler, GM, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Toyota, and Volkswagen. System suppliers include Alpine and Panasonic, while consumer electronics makers LG Electronics, Nokia and Samsung make up the rest of the consortium.

By using the Terminal Mode standard, the connection of high-performing mobile devices to vehicle-based systems opens up a host of new opportunities for business and a world of innovative applications for consumers. Mobile devices would be able to be tightly connected with in-car systems, such as digital displays, steering wheel buttons, rotary knobs and car audio systems. Consumers could use a mobile device via the car controls, as if the device and its apps were integrated into the car itself Terminal Mode is built upon a set of established standards such as Internet Protocol (IP), Universal Serial Bus (USB) and Bluetooth.

The Car Connectivity Consortium will focus on further developing the Terminal Mode standard, address certification and branding, and start looking at new promising opportunities for the automotive environment, including NFC and wireless charging. The consortium is an open alliance focusing on cross-industry contribution. It is anticipated that further leading industry players will join over the coming weeks. The first specification version will be released within the next few months. Several consortium members are expected to present their first commercial products supporting the new standard later this year.

“Nokia, together with NAVTEQ, understands that people want to use their smartphones everywhere, including in their cars,” commented Floris van de Klashorst, director and head of Nokia Automotive. “The Car Connectivity Consortium now has the power to turn Terminal Mode into the global standard for the integration of smartphones into vehicles, bringing together the exciting and innovating worlds of mobile ecosystems and applications and with the automotive industry. The industry support we received through the members has been excellent and makes Terminal Mode a truly global effort.”

March 18, 2011

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