TOKYO & BEAVERTON, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization driving global innovation for phone-centric car connectivity solutions, today announced it will open the MirrorLink™ standard to mobile application developers starting in Q1 2013. Members of the CCC approved timing at the CCC Summit, taking place November 7-8 in Tokyo.
“Opening MirrorLink to app developers is a key factor in getting as many MirrorLink apps as possible into the marketplace and available to consumers,” said Mika Rytkonen, chairman and president of the CCC. “Availability of apps is also a critical validating component for the standard as more product manufacturers deploy MirrorLink in cars, phones and aftermarket head units. Equally important, the milestone signals to mobile carriers and OS vendors that MirrorLink’s footprint will only continue its exponential growth and is on track to become the dominant global connected-car platform.”
More specifically, in Q1 2013 the CCC plans to release MirrorLink version 1.0.1. With it comes a revised set of certification guidelines aimed at streamlining the process of creating and approving apps with drive-mode functionality that conforms to Auto Alliance guidelines for minimal driver distraction.
On the product side, there are already more than 40 MirrorLink-certified cars, smartphones and aftermarket head units available to consumers for purchase. Unlike app developers, manufacturers must join the CCC in order to submit a product for certification. The MirrorLink product boom will only continue to gather force as certified apps make their way into the spotlight.
The CCC is a global collaboration to develop smartphone-based connected-car solutions. Created by CCC members, MirrorLink is a technology standard for controlling a nearby smartphone from the steering wheel or via dashboard buttons and screens. CCC members include more than 80 percent of the world’s automakers, more than 70 percent of global smartphone manufacturers and a who’s who of aftermarket consumer electronics vendors.
“Opening MirrorLink to app developers is an important achievement for the CCC and reflects tremendous collaboration and hard work from our members over the past 21 months,” said Alan Ewing, executive director of the CCC. “Since our inception in 2011, we have raced toward a vision of car connectivity where consumers can easily and responsibly continue using their smartphones while they drive. Not only is this better for drivers and manufacturers, it offers mobile OS vendors and carriers a much larger stake in the connected-car ecosystem.”
About the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC)
The CCC is dedicated to cross-industry collaboration in developing MirrorLink™ global standards and solutions for smartphone and in-vehicle connectivity. Members are among the world’s leading automotive, mobile communications and consumer electronics industry companies. For further information, please visit www.carconnectivity.org.