A global smart car consortium has elected a Samsung executive as its new leader. Mahfuzur Rahman, Samsung Research America’s Director of Standards & Technology, is now the President of the Car Connectivity Consortium.
Open industry standard MirrorLink developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) has become the defacto standard ahead of proprietary systems.
As showcased at CES, car manufacturers and technology companies are converging in providing solutions for connected cars, betting that consumer demand for in-car connectivity services will continue rising.
The 2016 Volt on the stand at NAIAS this week has an in-car entertainment system that includes support for both CarPlay and MirrorLink; both systems appear as options in the vehicle’s Settings menu. Android Auto is missing, but there’s plenty of time to add it — the Volt won’t be on the road until the middle of this year.
The Samsung conference included a stand dedicated to MirrorLink with Samsung demonstrating the miRoamer app to attendees on the MirrorLink system. Samsung is a strong supporter of MirrorLink and has already enabled it in the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge devices.
“Honda Connect is MirrorLink-enabled, delivering seamless connectivity between the system and the user’s smartphone – provided it is compatible. This technology enables the user to mirror their smartphone display through Honda Connect and gain access to their smartphone applications,” Honda noted in a press release.
EnGIS Technologies, Inc. a leading supplier of navigation software to the automotive industry, announced today its navigation app, BringGo®, is currently undergoing global drive-based certification for MirrorLink® 1.1.
The new Skoda Fabia is the first Skoda to feature MirrorLink technology. It allows smartphone apps to be displayed on the screen of the infotainment system which, amongst other things, takes the use of navigation software or personal music files to a new level.
Now the consortium hopes a crucial plank in its strategy is starting to swing into place - getting the major smartphone vendors not only involved (they mostly are) but starting to build MirrorLink into their products.