Beaverton, Ore. — MirrorLink is coming via a software upgrade to the high-profile HTC One (M8) smartphone, and HTC promises more MirrorLink-enabled HTC devices in the near future, the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) said.
The M8 will be HTC’s first MirrorLink-enabled smartphone in the world.
MirrorLink is an industry-standard technology that enables compatible aftermarket and factory head units in cars to stream the content of MirrorLink-compatible smartphones to an in-dash display. The heads also control smartphone content.
Smartphones connect to MirrorLink-enabled aftermarket head units and factory infotainment systems via Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi.
Samsung, Sony, LG and Nokia offer select MirrorLink-compatible smartphones certified by the CCC, which developed the MirrorLink standard.
Alpine, Clarion, Pioneer and Sony offer select aftermarket head units with MirrorLink in the U.S. Outside the U.S., automakers offering factory head units and infotainment systems are Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Peugeot and Citroen. In the U.S., Honda offers the Civic and Fit with MirrorLink, the CCC said.
In 2014, JVC dropped MirrorLink-equipped head units because the technology hadn’t spread to more phones.
MirrorLink is an industry-standardized technology that enables aftermarket and OEM touchscreen-equipped head units to control and stream content from MirrorLink-compatible smartphones using an onscreen interface that, for each brand of MirrorLink smartphones, will be the same from car to car. The interfaces of different brands of MirrorLink smartphones will be similar but not exactly the same.
MirrorLink-compatible heads control the phones’ calling, music and location-based functions, including playback and control of stored music and music apps, voice-calling functions, display of phone contacts, album art display, and control and display of location-based features such as Google Maps for turn-by-turn navigation, accessing Google Street View, and choosing other Google location options.