Nokia launches Nokia Car Mode with support for MirrorLink

Nokia Car Mode, using MirrorLink
Nokia Car Mode, using MirrorLink

Nokia continue adding support for new technology and standards in their mobile phones and now also adding support for MirrorLink with their latest Nokia Car Mode application. Nokia Car Mode makes it easier for drivers and passengers to access maps, satellite navigation (provided by Nokia Drive), traffic updates, music and voice calls when they are in vehicles, so there’s no need for a separate music player or satnav. All the smartphone features and services are designed and to optimise the usability in the car and avoid driver distraction.

The application is written in Qt and will first be available for the Nokia 600, Nokia 700, Nokia 701, but also earlier smartphones once they get upgraded to Symbian Belle. Nokia Car Mode will also be available for Nokia N9. MirrorLink™ (previously known as Terminal Mode) has been developed with the objective to provide a technology, which will offer seamless connectivity between a smartphone and the in-vehicle infotainment system.

Nokia Car Mode is the first solution supporting the MirrorLink standard that is intended to deeply connect phones to in-car screens, steering wheel buttons and speakers. With MirrorLink™ consumers can control their smartphones via the car dashboard, as if the device and its apps were integrated into the car itself.

The first device to support Nokia smartphones with Nokia Car Mode is Alpine’s new ICS-X8, a dashboard-mounted unit that lets drivers of supported cars use the MirrorLink™ capabilities.