Nokia CAR Mode Announced


Hot off the press: Nokia announced a new Qt based app called “Nokia Car Mode” as IAA (Internationale Automonil Ausstellung). The app installs standalone GUI to making access to maps, satellite navigation (Nokia Drive), traffic updates, music and voice calls easier whilst driving. The layout functionality is designed to maximise usability and minimise drive distraction negating the need for a separate Sat Nav and Music Player.

The sad new for the moment is that it is designed to work with Symbian Belle devices meaning those with Symbian^3 and Symbian Anna smartphones will have to wait for the Symbian Belle update before they can make the most out of this app. For those looking for a new device “Nokia Car Mode” will be available for the Nokia 600, Nokia 700, Nokia 701 during the 4th quarter of 2011 and will also release on the Nokia N9 (Meego).

A big step forward in “Nokia Car Mode” is that it is the first in-car mobile solution to support the new MirrorLink standard providing deep integration into in-car displays, steering wheel controls and speaker systems. This system enable full control of Nokia smartphones via the standard car interface as if the device is physically integrated into the vehicle.

An example of this interface technology is the new Alpine’s ICS-X8; a dashboard-mounted unit enabling drivers to use their Nokia devices, via the dashboard interface with it’s MirrorLink functionality

Nice one Nokia. I want one.


5 Responses to “Nokia CAR Mode Announced”

  1. 1 CLTSchwarz
    September 14, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I’ve been waiting for this since the announcement! The first announcement showed most of the major car manufacturers, and handset manufacturers were on board and I hope that is still the case.
    It would be good to be able to jump into a hire-car and not have to learn a new system to set up hands free/music etc.

    • September 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      I remember seeing something like a predecessor/early version at Nokia World 2010. It’s nice to see it coming to market unlike xome of the other apps shown off at Nokia World last year.

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