What is MirrorLink®?
Connect and ride.
Smartphones have given consumers access to a growing number of indispensable applications anytime and anywhere. But when it comes to driving, smartphone use is ill-advised. And even the most advanced infotainment systems cannot match the breadth of functionality in even the most ordinary smartphones.
MirrorLink (previously known as Terminal Mode) solves this problem by offering seamless connectivity between a smartphone and the car infotainment system. Drivers just connect the phone with a cable and immediately gain access to phone applications via the car’s navigation screen and dashboard/steering-wheel buttons.
In other words, by allowing consumers to access their smartphone in the same way they access their car radio and other controls, MirrorLink lets drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
MirrorLink is based on a set of well established, non-proprietary technologies. It uses standard Internet technologies (such as Internet Protocol) for compatibility with a wide range of devices. It also uses technologies already common in the car, such as Bluetooth™ and USB, and newly-introduced car technologies such as Wi-Fi as well. Universal Plug and Play (UPnP™) facilitates controlled access to applications. Virtual Network Computing (VNC™) replicates the phone's display on the navigation screen and communicates user prompts back to the phone. In addition to Bluetooth™, MirrorLink streams audio with Real-Time Protocol (RTP).
The CCC offers standardized MirrorLink certification so that only approved applications are accessible while driving.