The Connected Car Consortium (CCC) aims to change this, using the ‘Mobile World Congress’ to unveil its updated MirrorLink platform, now dubbed “1.1”.
Version 1.0 allowed some apps that normally wouldn’t operate via in-car infotainment systems to work when the phone was connected with a USB cable, such as navigation and music apps.
The new version gives phones the ability to inform the driver of new or existing apps that are in-car compatible, separated into two categories when classified by CCC.
‘Base’ apps are designed to work with the in-car infotainment system, while ‘Drive’ apps will also be displayed while driving. Apps unclassified by CCC will not be displayed when the vehicle is moving to minimise distractions to the driver.
The major advantage to MirrorLink 1.1 is the user’s ability to update apps as frequently as necessary, which to date has been much more difficult with some pre-installed car apps - and with many, the system is never updated.
Members of the consortium from the smartphone industry include Nokia, Microsoft and BlackBerry, with some of the Android-based phones supporting the MirrorLink protocol.
Honda and Volkswagen are early-adopters of the MirrorLink system, along with PSA Peugeot Citroen, which plans to unveil MirrorLink-equipped cars in Geneva this week before they appear in dealer showrooms.
CCC plans to fast-track the classification process by approaching app developers, rather than waiting for the developers to come to them.
The Glympse (location sharing), Parkopedia (parking information) and Coyote (traffic hazard and speed camera advice) apps have already been classified in this way.