The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) provides for the extensive evaluation of products that wish to bear the MirrorLink™ trademark. This evaluation helps ensure that products meet all the requirements established by the CCC to help ensure the best end-user experience possible. Evaluation is done on both sides of the MirrorLink™ technology. Smartphones are evaluated as MirrorLink™ servers. In Vehicle Infotainment systems are evaluated as MirrorLink™ clients. All devices are evaluated for detailed conformance characteristics as well as interoperability.
This evaluation is done by third-party, independent, professional test laboratories. These labs are carefully selected by CCC and granted Authorized Testing Laboratory (ATL) status after meeting a series of requirements. The cornerstone for our ATL program is the requirement that our labs be ISO 17025 Accredited. The Accreditation are performed by internationally recognized Accrediting Bodies under the ILAC program.
The CCC certification program also checks to see if products wishing to bear our trademark meet the requirements of other, supporting technologies. We verify that testing is done in the technologies that support the MirrorLink™ functionality, such as USB or Wi-Fi. As additional supporting technologies are included in the MirrorLink™ family, we will continue to ensure that testing is being performed before the MirrorLink™ logo can be used.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What does MirrorLink™ Certified mean?
Answer: MirrorLink™ Certified means that your smartphone or In Vehicle Infotainment system has been evaluated against the CCC's Certification Requirements. These requirements include protocol conformance testing, interoperability testing and an extensive administrative review. Only products that conform to the MirrorLink™ technical specifications and interoperate with one another are granted the right to use the MirrorLink™ logo.
Question: Are smartphones and In Vehicle Infotainment systems evaluated the same way?
Answer: Smartphones and IVIs are evaluated to the same fundamental requirements, but there are differences in the tests run on each type of product. The differences in the tests are due to the nature of the devices and the role they play in the link between smartphone and IVI.
Question: What steps do I need to follow to get the MirrorLink™ Logo on my product
Answer: The first step is to become a member of the CCC. If your company is already a member of the CCC then please follow the instructions on the Certification Program link at the top of this page
Question: How does my company's membership level in CCC impact my ability to have a product certified?
Answer: Only members of the CCC have access to the Certification Program and the ability to use the MirrorLink™ Certification Mark and Logo. If your company is interested in using the CCC's MirrorLink™ Certification Program please join us! Membership information can be found in the "About Us" link above.
Question: How much does MirrorLink™ Certification cost?
Answer: For Core and Charter members of CCC there is no fees associated with listing your product. There is a small listing fee associated with products certified by Adopter members. Testing fees need to be negotiated directly with any of our Authorized Testing Laboratories. After a product is certified there are no future costs associated with keeping that exact product certified.
Question: What does my company need to do if we make software or hardware changes to an already certified device?
Answer: Changes to certified devices is managed under an "Engineering Change Order" process. If you make a change to the device which may impact its MirrorLink™ functionality, you are obligated to contact the Certification Body at CCC.
Question: How long does MirrorLink™ Certification take?
Answer: The actual time that it takes to perform certification testing then complete the necessary administrative steps to become a MirrorLink™ certified product can vary. Testing of a mature product with no issues may only take the ATL one week to complete. Extra testing time, however, may be necessary for those products that exhibit issues that must be corrected. Administrative turn-around time is targeted to be approximately one week.
Question: I operate a test laboratory, how do I become a CCC Authorized Test Lab?
Answer: Please contact the CCC Administration for information on how your lab may join the CCC as an Authorized Test Lab. The acceptance of labs is based on a number of qualifications including a scope expansion of existing ISO 17025 Lab Accreditation Status.
Question: How do I participate in the discussions regarding how the Certification Program operates?
Answer: Joining the CCC as a Charter or Core member gives your company access to the Certification Working Group(CWG). This Working Group is responsible for developing all processes and procedures for the operation of the Certification Program. By attending the regularly scheduled face to face and teleconference meetings, your company can gain and maintain voting rights in the CWG.