Nokia has developed Terminal Mode, which promises a wealth of possibilities for its users through seamless integration of mobile phone and car. This means that with Terminal Mode, it is possible to drive, tweet and talk simultaneously and safely.
Terminal Mode removes barriers for users, enabling them to run their chosen smartphone applications in their car’s built-in interface. With Terminal Mode, the mobile device’s applications are presented on the vehicle’s screen, and applications are controlled via the vehicle HMI (human-machine interface), making it possible to use mobile applications while still keeping an eye on the road.
This will extend the capabilities of the in-car infotainment and enhance the safe usability of the mobile device while operated in the car. The integration between mobile device and automobile is transparent, protocol-invariant and standardized.
Terminal Mode is also a catalyst for new services, generating opportunities for developers to create new multi-platform applications. One may look forward to various new applications, along with older applications updated for this new technology. For example, the popular weather widget and most evidently Ovi Maps are two existing applications which would both be cornerstone applications used in cars.
Terminal Mode, which has been developed by Nokia in close collaboration with CE4A is an industry standard open for all. This means that the technology has been developed with joint understanding that the resulting specification is open to everybody. The standard has already been endorsed by a number of tier-1 manufacturers and Nokia has already started discussions with a number of other handset vendors as well.
Vesa Luiro, Director, Automotive at Nokia reinforces that Terminal Mode could be one of many ways we’ll see Ovi services move into our cars, “Nokia continues to experience strong demand for the mobile applications available via Ovi. Our goal is to connect people to what matters most to them. To do that, we are exploring how we might better connect consumers to Ovi services and applications while they are inside a car.”
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