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Alpine Integrates Nokia Phones for Ovi Maps

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Mar 3, 2010, 8:11 AM   by Philip Berne

Alpine today announced a partnership with Nokia to bring, among other features, Ovi Maps to Alpine's car stereo line. The new feature, called Terminal Mode, has been developed as a future standard for interoperability between mobile phones and automobile electronics. Alpine says that its car stereos will be able to tap Nokia devices for navigation, music and weather, in addition to routing phone calls through the car's audio system. In addition, Nokia's Ovi app store will offer apps tailored for this partnership. Besides multimedia features, Alpine and Nokia hope to offer location-based services, gathering information from the car's internals: fuel levels and engine status, for instance, to suggest nearby gas stations. Phones can connect to the Alpine Terminal Mode head units over USB or Bluetooth. The new standard was developed in collaboration between Nokia and CE4A, a group of automakers promoting standardization of mobile device interfaces whose members include VW and Audi, BMW, Daimler and Porsche.

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