Connected car concept gets Cambridge boost
The concept of the connected car moves up a gear thanks to a Cambridge UK-California technology collaboration that will be demonstrated in Las Vegas.
RealVNC, a triple Queen’s Award-winning business, has joined forces with 7Layers in the US to boost connectivity between smartphones and a car’s infotainment system. The partners will wheel out the demo of the delivery technology – known as MirrorLink™ – at CTIA 2013, in Vegas from May 21-23.
7Layers is an international group of engineering & test centres headquartered in Irvine, California while RealVNC is a global provider of VNC® remote access software. They are are collaborating to demonstrate how MirrorLink devices are tested and certified before they go commercial.
MirrorLink is a set of standards that enable seamless connectivity between smartphones and vehicle infotainment systems developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium.
The standard allows a consumer to access their phone using the same controls they use for accessing the car radio, climate control, and navigation system.
Tom Blackie, VP Mobile at RealVNC said: “It was a real pleasure to work with the team at 7Layers through the testing and certification process to get our products MirrorLink certified. Many of our customers have already certified commercial MirrorLink products with 7Layers.”
The VNC Automotive solution allows access and control of a mobile device from a vehicle head unit or infotainment system. This gives drivers access to all their smartphone content, such as navigation applications, music libraries and internet radio stations, whilst on the move.
The mobile device can be directly controlled from the infotainment system touch screen, vehicle bezel keys, steering wheel switches and by voice command, ensuring all content can be accessed safely.
RealVNC's software is used by many hundreds of millions of people worldwide in every sector of industry, government and education.• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Tom Blackie