Mobile devices such as smartphones have given consumers access to a growing number of indispensable applications anytime anywhere. However, in a car these applications are no longer available– using a smartphone while driving is not possible and even the most advanced car systems cannot match the breadth of smartphone functionality.
MirrorLink™ (previously known as Terminal Mode) solves this problem by offering seamless connectivity between a smartphone and the car infotainment system. The consumer merely gets into the car (1), connects the phone with a cable (2), and immediately gains access to phone applications through car controls such as the navigation screen and steering wheel buttons (3).
In other words, by allowing consumers to access their smartphone in the same way they access their car radio MirrorLink™ allows consumers to use their smartphones safely and simply, keeping 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™) is used for controlled access to applications. Virtual Network Computing (VNC™) is used to replicate the phone's display on the navigation screen and communicate user inputs back to the phone. Besides Bluetooth™, audio can also be streamed using the Real-Time Protocol (RTP).
MirrorLink™ also provides a mechanism that ensures only approved applications are accessible while driving. Applications will be approved using a standardize testing process that will be introduced later this year.