Clarion To Connect Smartphones, Cars

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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 systems.

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 added.

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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