Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC)?
A: The CCC is a global collaboration to develop smartphone-based connected-car solutions. CCC members have created MirrorLink – a technology standard for controlling a nearby smartphone from the steering wheel or via dashboard buttons and screens.
Q: What is the scope and strategy of the CCC?
A: The CCC is a global organization whose members include the world’s leaders in auto manufacturing, mobile communications and consumer electronics. Membership is open to any company wishing to increase safety and innovation on today’s roads. By developing smartphone connectivity solutions around a single standard, manufacturers can more quickly and easily make connected driving safer and more enjoyable.
Q: Does the CCC collaborate with any other organizations in the Industry?
A: Yes, collaboration is the cornerstone of the CCC’s success. The CCC facilitates collaboration between the automotive, mobile technology and consumer electronics industries.
Q: What types of companies belong to the CCC?
A: The CCC currently includes more than 70% of the world’s automakers and more than 70% of the world’s smartphone makers.
Q: How can a company become a member of the CCC?
A: A company can begin the application process via a short online form.
Q: What is the organizational structure of the CCC?
A: The CCC is governed by the Charter Member companies and its Board of Directors. Charter members include Alpine, Daimler, General Motors, Honda R&D Co, Ltd., HTC, Hyundai Motor Company, LG Electronics, Nokia, Panasonic, PSA Automotive, Samsung, Toyota and Volkswagen. Elected Officer positions are currently held by Alpine, Nokia and PSA Peugeot Citroen Automobiles.
Q: What is the work group structure of the CCC?
A: The CCC currently consists of 4 active work groups: (1) Ecosystem Work Group, (2) User Experience Work Group, led by Robert Hrabak (General Motors), (3) Technical Work Group, led by Jörg Brakensiek (Nokia) and (4) Certification Work Group, led by Alan Ewing (Nokia).
Q: What is MirrorLink?
A: MirrorLink is a technology standard for controlling a nearby smartphone from the steering wheel or via dashboard buttons and screens. The technology leverages a vehicle’s controls and displays to give consumers access to their smartphone apps while driving, allowing them to be connected and responsible at the same time.
Q: What MirrorLink’s core benefits?
A: For mobile app developers, MirrorLink is a one-stop shop to design apps that integrate with cars. For OS vendors and handset manufacturers, MirrorLink extends brand experience into cars. For regulators, MirrorLink offers a sensible alternative to the outright prohibition of smartphone use while driving. For mobile operators, MirrorLink makes it possible to continue delivering mobile services to subscribers while they are behind the wheel. And for consumers, MirrorLink makes connected driving more responsible and more enjoyable.
Q: How do I know if my product is MirrorLink-certified?
A: MirrorLink-certified products are listed on the Certified Products Listing page or may have the following logo on packaging:
Q: What does it mean when a product is MirrorLink-certified?
A: If a product is MirrorLink-certified, this means it has been vetted by a CCC-approved certification laboratory and will work with a complementary MirrorLink-enabled device or system. If a smartphone app is MirrorLink-certified, this means it is adaptable to restricted or safe-driving mode when the smartphone is connected via MirrorLink to a MirrorLink-enabled vehicle.
Testing itself is carried out by the ATL, but final approval is actually granted by the CCC authority. Testing covers both conformance to the specification and interoperability between real devices.
Q: How does an app developer or product manufacturer submit an app or product for MirrorLink certification?
A: App developers and product manufacturers can begin the process by submitting an initial online application.
Q: How does MirrorLink address interoperability?
A: As a standard, MirrorLink is designed to maximize interoperability. It’s designed so that a wide range of smartphones can synch with a wide range of cars and aftermarket head units.
Q: Where can I find the MirrorLink technical specification?
A: The MirrorLink technical specification is currently only available to CCC members. The organization will release the specification to app developers in the near future.
Q: Are test cases available to non-members?
A: Currently no.
Q: How can I use the MirrorLink or the MirrorLink-certified logo or wordmark?
A: Members and non-members may use the MirrorLink logo and wordmark on their products upon successful completion of the MirrorLink certification process and upon execution of the Trademark and License Agreement.
Q: What are the benefits of membership in the CCC?
A: CCC membership has numerous benefits, including access to the MirrorLink technical specification, test client and Certification Program. Charter Members are represented on the CCC Board of Directors and have participation rights in Working Group meetings. It is expected that Charter Members publicly support and advocate the use of MirrorLink on commercial products. Core Members enjoy the same rights as Charter members except for representation on the Car Connectivity Consortium Board of Directors. Adopters have access to the CCC’s published specifications and the Certification Program. They may not participate in Consortium Work Groups.
Q: Does iPhone support MirrorLink?
A: As a technology standard, one of MirrorLink’s greatest attributes is that it is OS agnostic. Currently Apple is not a member of CCC. We inside of CCC continue to support our member companies in bringing MirrorLink into the hands of consumers. We're glad Apple has recognized screen replication as a viable solution to using smartphones in the car, but also reaffirm that MirrorLink is the only technology that is not proprietary in nature in this space. This is especially significant when it comes to promoting a widespread increase in safety on today’s roads in the shortest possible time. MirrorLink will also support 3rd party app developers in providing the needed tools for their use.
Q: Does MirrorLink support video?
A: The CCC expects future versions of MirrorLink to support video. However, video apps would be subject to the same safe-driving restrictions as other certified apps.
Q: What role does RealVNC play in the CCC and MirrorLink?
A: RealVNC is a Core member of the CCC. Beyond that, MirrorLink uses a publically available subset of the RFB/VNC specification, for which RealVNC owns the copyright. VNC and RFB are trademarks owned by RealVNC.
Q: How does MirrorLink achieve screen replication?
A: There are many ways to achieve screen replication. HDMI and VGA connectors are a couple everyday examples. However, only MirrorLink contains the technology to tie screen replication to application management and certification.
Q: Is MirrorLink only about screen replication?
A: MirrorLink offers numerous benefits beyond replication of a mobile device screen on a vehicle’s dashboard. For example, MirrorLink specifies (1) use of BT or IP based audio streams to and from the mobile device, (2) advertisement, launch and termination of applications using UPnP, (3) mechanisms to exchange data between the car and the mobile device, e.g. location information and (4) the establishment of trust relationships and handling of application certificates.
Q: What’s the difference between MirrorLink and other connected-car platforms such as Ford SYNC, MyLink, BMW Connected.
A: MirrorLink is an underlying technology standard available for use by any CCC member company (80% of automakers already belong) as a method to connect smartphones to cars. MirrorLink can work in tandem and/or alongside automakers’ proprietary infotainment systems.