When Car Connectivity Consortium was founded in February 2011, nobody expected the progress and growth that we have seen in last months. During this year the number of member companies increased rapidly reaching 39 at end of November, new MirrorLink consumer name and trademark were announced in September, member companies launched their first products and shared their commitment for further development of MirrorLink. With all the positive attention from press and other media throughout the year, the future for MirrorLink looks bright.
Still, if you have any doubts just the sheer numbers and the names of the of members companies should get anyone convinced. Charter members include now; Alpine, Daimler, General Motors, Honda, HTC, Hyundai Motor Company, LG Electronics, Nokia, Panasonic, PSA, Samsung, Toyota and Volkswagen. Core members include; AISIN AW, BT Software and Research Inc, BMW, Clarion Co. LTD., Delphi, Denso, FIAT, Fujitsu Ten, Ixonos, jambit GmbH, KDDI Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Motorola Mobility, Pioneer, RealVNC, Renesas Electronics Corporation, Sony Corporation, Sony Ericsson AB and Valeo. Adopter members include: Garmin International Inc, Hyundai Mobis, J & K Car Electronics Corp., MDS electronics, RENAULT S.A.S., Skypine and Tokai Rika Co., ltd.
MirrorLink opens up a window for new opportunities, providing access to data which was not previously available and opening up an environment where traditional smart phone applications have not yet been present. Driver distraction, regulations, and other safety aspects create also new requirements for the applications and developers. A traditional smart phone application hasn’t been designed for in-car use, and extra effort is required to make any smart phone application usable through the car infotainment system.
All companies are welcomed to join the Car Connectivity Consortium, and membership provides visibility to the development of MirrorLink(tm) standard, access to development and test tools, and a possibility to influence inside the Consortium. No company is too small to join, thus we encourage all application developers to join the Consortium.
I hope to see many of you in the future Car Connectivity Consortium meetings,
Marko Tuukkanen, Senior Product Manager, Automotive, Nokia