Nokia joins GENIVI; plans ‘seamless integration’ of phones with cars

GENIVI Alliance, the automotive industry’s only collaborative association dedicated to driving the development and broad adoption of an open source In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform, has announced its continued strong growth with the addition of four prestigious companies from the consumer electronics and technology industries.

Nokia, Mentor Graphics, NEC Electronics, and Wipro Technologies have joined the Alliance as ‘Core’ Members. Additionally, the Alliance is pleased to announce that Continental and Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute have upgraded their membership level from an ‘Associate’ to Core-level.

As members of the Core level, these industry leaders will be able to take an active role in driving the Alliance’s direction, software development, and community outreach. They may either contribute significant code or provide engineering resources for the continued development of the GENIVI Open Source Platform. With these six new and upgraded members, GENIVI has exceeded its 2009 goal of Core members within the first year since the Alliance launched.

“People now have their mobile devices with them wherever they are. They want to be able to make calls, as well as listen to music and find their way around, enabled by services such as Ovi from Nokia, anywhere,” said Tmo Ali-Vehmas, vice president, Compatibility & Industry Collaboration, Nokia.

“Seamless integration of mobile devices to car infotainment systems is an increasingly important part of satisfying these needs. Nokia is excited to join GENIVI to be part of shaping the future in-vehicle infotainment specifications.” Ali-Vehmas continued, “Nokia will contribute extensive experience in standardization and creating open specifications, and expect GENIVI work to result in quicker time-to-market and reduced costs for car infotainment related product development.”

Learn more about GENIVI here.

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