More MirrorLink for cars and smartphones

mirrorlinkappradioMirrorLink is gaining momentum with car makers and smartphone makers. The Car Connectivity Consortium announced that the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge and HTC One (M9) are enabled to work with MirrorLink in vehicles.

MirrorLink reports that millions of mass market MirrorLink-enabled vehicles rolling off assembly lines today.

MirrorLink enables car-smartphone connectivity and is designed for maximum interoperability between a wide range of smartphones and cars. MirrorLink claims it is also the only OS- and OEM-agnostic standard for car-smartphone connectivity.

Glympse Auto apps that show the location of the driver to friends or relatives also now works with MirrorLink.

MirrorLink can be found on the Volkswagen Touran, Passat, Beetle
and Polo as well as select Peugeot or Citroën models. The new Chevy Volt supports MirrorLink and CarPlay. If one GM vehicle model supports MirrorLink, since Chevy MyLink is similar across models, we can expect most Chevy models such as the Chevy Malibu, Cruze and Impala to support MirrorLink also.

The Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and HTC One M9 were announced at Mobile World Congress. The Samsung Galaxy S6 offers wireless charging which hopefully will be offering in cars in the future.

Other smartphones that support MirrorLink are Sony’s Xperia Z3,  Xperia Z3, previous HTC One models,  Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Samsung Galaxy Note Edge.
Aftermarket infotainment systems that support MirrorLink include Pioneer NEX , Pioneer DVD and JVC.

MirrorLink is based on RealVNC and also allows multiple mobile devices to be connected simultaneously and used on different in-car screens such as showing a video for a monitor in the back seat.

MirrorLink is seem as an alternative to Android Auto or CarPlay.

MirrorLink is based common technologies. It uses standard Internet technologies for compatibility with a wide range of devices. It also uses common car tech, such as Bluetooth and USB or Wi-Fi. Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) facilitates controlled access to applications. Virtual Network Computing (VNC) replicates the phone’s display on the navigation screen and communicates user prompts back to the phone.  MirrorLink streams audio with Real-Time Protocol (RTP).

The CCC offers standardized MirrorLink certification so that only approved applications are accessible while driving.

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