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Automakers, Phone Suppliers Eye Car-To-Phone Standard

3/17/2011 03:46:02 PM Eastern

Espoo, Finland - Eleven companies in
the consumer electronics and automotive industries have banded together to form
a consortium to develop smartphone-to-vehicle connectivity standards, including
a standard enabling control of smartphone functions from a vehicle's controls.

 The Car Connectivity Consortium includes
vehicle manufacturers Daimler, General Motors, Honda,
Hyundai Motor Company, Toyota and Volkswagen;
automotive-system suppliers Alpine and Panasonic; and consumer electronics suppliers
LG Electronics, Nokia and Samsung.

The group's first priority is to
further develop the Terminal Mode standard unveiled by Nokia early last year to
let drivers access mobile phone applications via a vehicle's in-dash controls,
touchscreens, and steering-wheel-mounted 
controls while viewing the apps on the vehicle's LCD screen. Terminal
Mode is built on such existing standards as IP, USB and
, and it would enable plug-and-play
device connectivity across various brands
of devices in multiple
vehicle brands.

Besides developing Terminal Mode,
the group will consider Terminal Mode certification standards
and consider potential standards for
in-car NFC (near-field communications) and wireless charging.

The consortium will release its first specification version within
the next few months. Several consortium members are expected to present their
first commercial products supporting the new standard later this year
the consortium said.

"The Car
Connectivity Consortium now has the power to turn Terminal Mode into the global
standard for the integration of smartphones into vehicles,
" said Floris van de Klashorst, director
of Nokia Automotive
. "The industry support
we received through the members has been excellent and makes Terminal Mode a
truly global effort."

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