Automakers, Phone Suppliers Eye Car-To-Phone Standard

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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 I

P, USB

and Bluetooth

, 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

c

onsortium 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,

d

irector of Nokia Automotive

.

"The industry support we received through the members has been excellent and makes Terminal Mode a truly global effort."

For

more details,

visit

http://www.terminalmode.org/en/agenda/consortium

.

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