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13 January, 2016 - 11:09 By Tony Quested

RealVNC scales Volkswagen alliance on in-car technology

Tom Blackie

VNC technology world leader, RealVNC is collaborating long-term with car giant Volkswagen to further improve connected technology in cars. The Cambridge UK company is working with Volkswagen to deliver a market-defining user experience to MirrorLink-connected cars.

Real VNC is a premier supplier of MirrorLink: Motorists connect any MirrorLink-enabled smartphone to any MirrorLink-enabled vehicle for safe access to navigation, music and phone apps while they drive. The apps run on the smartphone, but drivers see them on the dashboard display and hear the audio via the car's speakers.

As the leading supplier of MirrorLink to automotive and mobile manufacturers, RealVNC works very closely with Volkswagen and all major mobile phone OEMs providing a mature, high-performance implementation. This close cooperation has brought many new major mobile phone vendors to the ecosystem.

Using the VNC Automotive MirrorLink Certified solution in their handsets provides fast time-to-market and guaranteed MirrorLink Certification.

RealVNC has committed to Volkswagen to refine and perfect the overall end-to-end user experience for MirrorLink enabled devices. RealVNC is able to realise a highly optimised solution where both ends are designed and guaranteed to work well together, ensuring fast response times and a smooth driver experience. 

As the industry strives to ensure a high level of interoperability and consistent user experience, knowing the mobile devices have the same underlying software stack is a significant assurance to Volkswagen.

Tom Blackie (above), vice-president of automotive and mobile at RealVNC said: “We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Volkswagen and to play a key role in ensuring that the millions of Volkswagen cars enabled with MirrorLink work well with all mobile devices. 

“It's reassuring to see major mobile phone manufacturers, especially in China and Asia, are embracing MirrorLink and even more so as most are now using our technology. Expect to see many new product announcements in the coming weeks and months.”

RealVNC is an advocate of open standards, having published the VNC protocol, a core component of the MirrorLink standard, more than 10 years ago.

RealVNC is technology agnostic and readily embraces complementary standards such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto. VNC Automotive includes VNC Telematics, VNC Enhanced and the RealVNC MirrorLink Certified solution that pairs the driver’s car with their mobile device, enabling mobile devices to perform a number of different functions within the car.

In an industry where driver safety is of the utmost importance, VNC Automotive technology allows the mobile device to be controlled from the car dashboard, vehicle bezel keys, or steering wheel switches without distracting the driver.

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