Alpine Electronics and Nokia
are working together to
bring a new technology called Terminal Mode to car infotainment systems. By
integrating a smartphone with in-car electronics, the companies will bring
services such as navigation, music, weather reports, and application stores to
the car. When appropriate safety measures are in place and the phone is
connected to the car, users will be able to use these services through high-resolution
screens and audio systems that are embedded in the car.
Terminal Mode helps pave the way for a standardized
interface between smartphones
and automotive infotainment systems. By connecting a smartphone with a car,
information such as fuel levels and engine status can be combined with GPS
, enabling location-based
services such as information regarding the nearest gas station. The smartphone
can be connected to the car via Bluetooth or USB cable.
"The infotainment system of a modern car is a natural
extension for the capabilities of smartphones. Not only will it simplify the
use of turn-by-turn voice guidance from Ovi Maps, but also provide a new and
easy way of accessing other content on the smartphone, such as music, and
delivering automotive specific widgets from the Ovi Store," said Vishal
Chatrath, Head of Product Development for Nokia Automotive.
"This collaboration offers Alpine Electronics the
opportunity for further innovation using our Mobile Media Solutions in the
automotive industry. We look forward to leveraging our past experience and
leadership in bringing smartphone connectivity to the vehicle environment to
meet the future needs of our automotive partners," said Toru Usami,
Executive Managing Director, Alpine Electronics.