MirrorLink to Open the Door to App Developers in Q1 2013

MirrorLink to Open the Door to App Developers in Q1 2013
The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has announced last week at their summit in Tokyo it will open the MirrorLink standard to mobile application developers starting in during the first quarter of 2013.

MirrorLink (initially called Terminal Mode) is a technology standard for controlling a nearby smartphone from the steering wheel or via dashboard buttons and screens. Through this technology mobile apps can be replicated to the in-dash screen.

CCC members include “more than 80 percent of the world’s automakers, more than 70 percent of global smartphone manufacturers and a who’s who of aftermarket consumer electronics vendors,“ said the organization. Apple is today the only major smartphone vendor not part of the organization.

In the first quarter of 2013 the CCC plans to release MirrorLink version 1.0.1. This version of the standard is said to bring: “a revised set of certification guidelines aimed at streamlining the process of creating and approving apps with drive-mode functionality that conforms to Auto Alliance guidelines for minimal driver distraction.“

In the past some app developers have expressed their concern about the complex process required to get apps certified (read an example here)

Monday, November 12th 2012

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