Introducing "MirrorLink" Weekly Brief—9.19.11

Introducing "MirrorLink" Weekly Brief—9.19.11

In this week's Brief: The Car Connectivity Consortium, Alpine Electronics, Nokia, HARMAN, Walsh Vision, TomTom, Renault, Volkswagen, iBiquity Digital Corporation, and the European Commission

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) announced the launch of its MirrorLink trademark. MirrorLink offers global solutions for connecting mobile devices to in-vehicle infotainment systems, allowing unprecedented functionality through two-way links between smartphones and in-vehicle displays.

The CCC’s Terminal Mode 1.0.1 standard has been renamed MirrorLink 1.0.1 as part of the new trademark branding. MirrorLink provides in-vehicle mobile device adaptation for an enhanced interactive multi-modal experience using two-way communication between the vehicle’s in-dash display and applications running on the smartphone.

The consortium will conduct its first Car Connectivity Consortium Summit in Chicago September 29 to 30, 2011.

“Seven of the world’s leading auto makers and six leading brands from the handset industry have already joined the Car Connectivity Consortium,” says Mika Rytkonen, CCC President.

“These are two very different industries coming together to focus on one common goal – providing an optimal user experience for accessing content while in the car.”

Alpine Electronics and Nokia introduced the first in-car infotainment solution based on MirrorLink. The aftermarket device is called the Alpine ICS-X8 App Link Station and allows Nokia smartphone users to navigate, listen to music, and place hands-free calls from the car’s dashboard.

A USB cable enables the connection and charges the smartphone battery while driving. The solution will be available starting in November from Alpine authorized dealers.

HARMAN released a new suite of driver assistance systems optimized for internet-connected vehicles. HARMAN's new ADAS features are designed to integrate seamlessly with HARMAN's range of in-dash solutions for intelligent cars.

The ADAS features include situational human machine interface, which ensures that data and services are displayed in the most intuitive and least distracting manner; augmented navigation, which combines live motion video with route information on a single display screen when approaching areas with complex conditions; and park assistant, a camera-based parking aid that mixes real camera data with virtual reality modeling to offer complete surround views of the perimeter of the car from virtually any angle.

At TU’s Insurance Telematics USA 2011 conference, Walsh Vision launched FleetVantage, a flexible and turnkey approach to vehicle telematics for usage-based insurance and commercial fleet management.

FleetVantage provides companies with a device-independent, easy-to-deploy wireless communication solution for monitoring and logging vehicle network message data.

The solution allows customers to build a scalable vehicle telematics program that will work in virtually any environment by providing access to industry-best devices and technology.

TomTom and Renault launched an in-dash navigation system specifically designed for electric vehicles. The Carminat TomTom Z.E. LIVE is standard fitted to the Fluence Z.E. and receives information from the battery on its current state of charge, which is used to determine the available range of the vehicle.

This information is then visualized on the navigation screen, showing the journey against the available range and the routes to the charge stations.

The goal is to mitigate range anxiety. The system also includes an eco-routing feature.

Volkswagen became the first automaker to launch the new Artist Experience feature from iBiquity Digital Corporation on select 2012 VW models.

Artist Experience enables the Premium VIII radio to display album art and other images broadcast from HD Radio stations on its screen.

HD Radio Technology provides other significant benefits for Volkswagen drivers: crystal-clear sound quality; additional local FM channels known as HD2, HD3 and HD4; Program Service Data, which displays the song title and the artist’s name on the radio screen; and iTunes Tagging, which allows listeners to tag information about songs they hear to later purchase and download through iTunes.

The European Commission adopted the first measure towards the mandatory introduction of eCall: a recommendation to EU Member States to ensure that eCalls will be processed by mobile network operators and given the same service level as any other 112 calls.

Rumors had swirled of this news the previous week. In an address before European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism in Brussels, the EC’s vice president, Neeile Kross, confirmed that member states need to identify the emergency call response centres that will receive the eCalls, and ensure that mobile operators are implementing the eCall flag in their networks that allows them to distinguish eCalls from other emergency calls.

The vice president assured that eCall will be operational by 2015.

“This Recommendation is not only a significant step towards the implementation of eCall, but also a clear signal to all stakeholders,” Kross said.

“The eCall service will without any doubt be implemented in all vehicles in Europe, so vehicle manufacturers, network operators and Member States should start working on it, if they have not yet done so.”

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