Harman and Nokia have confirmed that they’re busy coming up with a standard for sharing data between a smartphone and a car’s information/entertainment system. When everything works hunky dory, they envision data such as GPS information and media to be sent to the car, and also allow the car’s system to send information back. A good example would see the phone automatically searching for the nearest gas station when the fuel or oil gauges run low, or the car’s GPS could query the phone to get the hotel booking information. Another example would allow the in-car display to mirror what’s being shown on the phone’s display, since the car would normally sport a larger display, used for watching movies or maps. Connectivity options would include USB and Bluetooth. While Nokia is involved in this development, the technology developed would be device independent, allowing other manufacturers to also incorporate this technology. There wasn’t any mention of when we could expect to see this format reach production cars, but the possibility of it is rather interesting to us.
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