Touchscreen heads-up displays to be standard in most cars by 2014, starting with Jaguar Land Rover
Most cars will have a touchscreen interactive heads-up display in them that can easily connect and share information from the driver's phone, by the end of 2014.
That's the futuristic vision according to RealVNC, a British company which has just signed a deal with Land Rover Jaguar and is in talks with plenty of other car manufacturers to bring its technology to a car near you.
Dubbed VNC Automotive, the MirrorLink Certified product will offer connectivity between mobile devices and in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Supported by the international Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) - which is made up of some of the world's leading companies in the automotive, mobile communications and consumer electronics industries -the system will be platform agnostic and work with iOS, Android, BlackBerry, QNX and other Operating Systems.
VNC Automotive gives drivers access to smartphone content such as navigation, music libraries and internet radio.
The mobile device can be controlled directly from the infotainment touchscreen, vehicle bezel keys, steering wheel switches or by voice command, ensuring all content can be accessed safely on the move.
That means users who have applications like TomTom on their phone will be able to connect to the car and have the app displayed on the main console, all at the touch of a button, all with ease.
As well as being MirrorLink Certified, VNC Automotive supports more than 100 handsets, covering Symbian, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Android devices along with Apple’s iPod Out that allows an iPhone 3G/3GS/4 or iPod Touch to output and display the iPod video interface on the head unit screen.
The system also supports mobile-to-vehicle connectivity, allowing users to access remote services and enable automotive OEM and dealer networks to access vehicle systems and provide help to drivers be in through breakdown assistance or concierge services because it will be able to know where you are.
‘The phone-centric connected car is becoming a reality in 2013,” said Tom Blackie, vice-president mobile at RealVNC. “VNC Automotive is already selected for many major high volume production programs by some of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, tier 1 suppliers and mobile phone vendors.
"As a Core Member of the CCC, RealVNC now has MirrorLink-certified products for all major operating systems and our technology is underpinning many of the already commercially available MirrorLink Certified products.”