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Connected cars will appear first and make an even greater impact than self-driving cars

The Internet of Things may be appearing more rapidly than anyone thinks, and connected cars will appear first and make an even greater impact than self-driving cars. Many car manufacturers and software vendors are actively working to make this possible. In addition to car-to-car communication and car-to-internet/cloud communication, communication between smartphones and vehicles infotainment systems is also vigorously pursued.

MirrorlLink Protocol, which is presently in version 1.1, allows third-party apps to board screens in automobiles. It's an interoperability standard interfacing smartphones to a vehicle's infotainment system. This allows drivers to access more mobile apps from dashboards. This may not be as distracting as you think due to the fact that there are restrictions on how it is implemented. The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) is behind this using the MirrorLink protocol.

This is the driving force for the CCC: "The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) is an organization driving global technologies for smartphone-centric car connectivity solutions. The organization is dedicated to cross-industry collaboration in developing MirrorLink®, an open standard for car-smartphone connectivity. CCC members include a majority of the world's auto and smartphone manufacturers, along with a who's who of aftermarket consumer electronics vendors." Read more here: http://carconnectivityconsortium.com/

The interested group consists of Car Manufacturers (about 20); phone manufacturers (8); Infotainment Systems (23); Ecosystem partners(50) and Test Labs(13).

App developers would need the CCC approval which defines two categories, base category and drive category. The drive category apps will be those that can be used while the car in motion. Only approved apps can only be accessed.

View Mirrorlink enabled dashboards here: http://mirrorlink.com/apps/135#135

A small sample is shown here from the above link:

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