Harman and Nokia to Interface Cars with Smartphones

The Automotive Division of in-car infotainment specialist Harman International and Nokia have announced their collaboration to develop technology which seamlessly integrates smartphones into in-vehicle infotainment systems.

Known as Terminal Mode, the standard pushed by Nokia not only allows to use mobile applications and content through cars’ infotainment systems, but also to access car data such as position, speed, fuel level, etc. to enable new innovative solutions.

Harman is particularly interested in leveraging smartphone capabilities in connection with Entry- and Mid-level infotainment systems.

“Beside our well equipped infotainment systems, standardized interface solutions between Smartphones & Car Infotainment will provide a rich set of additional applications and are particularly interesting for Entry- and Mid-Level Infotainment Systems to allow best connectivity via the head unit for attractive use of smartphone functionality in vehicle applications” stated Hans Roth, Director Global Business Development & Marketing, Harman Automotive Division.

Nokia is already partnering with Continental, Alpine, Fiat, and a few other automotive companies to develop and promote this technology.

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