Nokia Announces Spec to Integrate Mobile Apps into Cars
Nokia today in partnership with the CE4A (Consumer Electronics for Automotive) working group have released a new specification that would let mobile applications work directly with cars' entertainment systems. Nokia and CE4A propose that the Terminal Mode specification become an industry standard for both automobile and handset manufacturers. Once adopted, the standard would allow smartphones to integrate with the entertainment systems in cars and occupants could make use of all the smartphone's features, services, and applications through the screens and audio systems that are built into the car. Nokia says services such as Ovi Maps and Ovi Music could be accessed via the car's controls rather than the phone's. Nokia has recently established collaborations with Alpine Electronics, Continental, Fiat, Harman Becker, Magneti Marelli and Valmet Automotive to pair car systems with smartphones. Members of the CE4A include Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen.
Audi and Volvo to Adopt Android Auto
Google today said carmakers Audi and Volvo plan to build Android Auto into their next generation of cars. The companies already offer limited support for the platform in select cars.
Android Auto to Benefit from Android N Features
Google offered a few details on what the future holds for Android Auto. The platform will be expanded thanks to Android N.
Google Brings Android Auto to Every Car via New Android App
Google today announced a new app for smartphones that gives everyone the opportunity to use Android Auto in their car. Android Auto has been available to select cars with in-dash screens for about two years.
Audi, BMW, Daimler to Buy Nokia's HERE Maps
A consortium of three German automotive makers has agreed to purchase HERE Maps from Nokia for about $2.71 billion, according to the Wall Street Journal. Sources familiar with Nokia's plans say Audi, BMW, and Daimler (Mercedes) have fielded a winning bid for the mapping division, which Nokia put up for sale earlier this year.