updated 03:45 pm EST, Wed March 3, 2010
Alpine, Nokia, CE4A create Terminal Mode tech
Car audio maker Alpine on Wednesday revealed a partnership with Nokia and CE4A, a group of car makers working on standardizing the integration of mobile devices into cars. It will allow users to access phone functions and Nokia's Ovi services that include NAVTEQ-powered navigation as well as data-network dependent widgets on the in-car entertainment system. The connected technology is called Terminal Mode and will allow for the safe and legal operation of most, if not all, of the smartphone's services.
Users will have the option of connecting the smartphone using Bluetooth or via a USB cable to preserve battery life on longer trips. The technology's founders foresee features that would combine fuel level and consumption with a GPS-located gas stations to plan gas stops, or navigating to the nearest station or one with the lowest price. Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) safety features could also be supported to warn of upcoming sharp bends or other road cautions.
When the Terminal Mode technology is released hasn't been disclosed, but the companies involved have said it should be close to launch.