Nokia and CE4A (Consumer Electronics for Automotive) working group have released the Terminal Mode technology specification as a proposed industry standard for the integration of mobile applications into the car environment.
The released specification is open to all automotive and mobile device manufacturers, with CE4A and Nokia encouraging the wide adoption of the specification by car and mobile industries. Nokia has recently established collaborations with Alpine Electronics, Continental, Fiat, Harman Becker, Magneti Marelli and Valmet Automotive to interlink car infotainment systems with smartphones and their applications.
Developed in co-operation with Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto and CE4A, Terminal Mode integrates smartphones into an in-vehicle infotainment system. Once connected, the full range of smartphone features, services and applications, such as navigation and music from Ovi by Nokia can be made available through screens and audio systems embedded in the car. It also enables information exchange between the smartphone and the car systems.
The CE4A consortium promotes an active standardization of mobile device interfaces. Members of the working group include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen.