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Clarion To Connect Smartphones, Cars

6/22/2010 06:37:36 PM Eastern

Tokyo - Clarion is the latest automotive electronics
supplier to team with Nokia and the Consumer
Electronics for Automotive (CE4A) group to bring to market a standardized
interface that connects smartphones to OEM and aftermarket in-car infotainment

Earlier this year,
Alpine joined the effort to promote the standard, called Terminal Mode.

The proposed
standard would enable drivers to access smartphone applications via a large,
fixed screen in the vehicle and use a vehicle's "hands-free" controls to
control them. It would also simplify the use of turn-by-turn directions
delivered to a smartphone via Nokia's Ovi Maps smartphone application as well
as provide an easier way to access other smartphone content, including music
and automotive specific widgets from the Ovi Store, Nokia said.

"By integrating the Terminal
Mode technology into in-car information systems such as car navigation developed
by Clarion," said Clarion president Tatsuhiko Izumi, "we will be able to bring
to customers the vast array of applications and services available to
smartphones on in-car devices." The integration of in-car systems with
smartphones "will provide better user experiences for consumers and lead to
radical changes in in-car information systems," he said.

Clarion will also
use the technology as part of its effort to accelerate the "development and greater
commercial dominance of in-car information systems for the Europe and North
America markets where Nokia has a strong presence, as well as China and other
emerging markets," he said.

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