Nokia and Continental Working on Cellphone In-Car Integration

Continental and Nokia are currently co-developing a system that will allow mobile phone applications to be displayed and controlled through an in-vehicle dashboard display.

Continental, the group that owns Continental tires and produces auto components such as brake systems & auto infotainment systems, is collaborating with Nokia to integrate a new technology, called Terminal Mobile, which will bring the automotive and consumer electronics industries closer together.

"With more than 100 years of experience delivering information to drivers and passengers, Continental is working with Nokia to identify ways to better integrate mobile devices and content into the car while keeping drivers focused on the road," said Kieran O'Sullivan, executive vice president of Continental's Connectivity and Infotainment Business Unit.

"The timing of our collaborating is ideal because smartphones and applications continue to proliferate in consumer culture. At the same time, drivers and passengers want to use their mobile phone applications -- like free in-vehicle navigation -- while inside their car.  However, displaying navigation information on a small and static mobile phone screen while inside a car is the wrong human machine interface (HMI)," O'Sullivan added.

Nokia is currently working to integrate the Terminal Module protocol into its future range of mobile devices, while Continental is developing ways of integrating the technology into its in-vehicle infotainment systems. The new development will allow passengers to connect their mobile phone to the vehicle’s infotainment system. The latter will replicate the content that is shown on the mobile device and also offer a control interface via the in-vehicle display or the steering wheel buttons.


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