Clarion Teams with Nokia

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Clarion is joining Alpine and others who are developing radios that will work with Nokia phones. And they are using a standard proposed for all smartphones so that car radios could work with apps, maps and music on many smartphones.

Clarion said both its aftermarket and OEM radios will be able to control and stream apps from a Nokia phone and Nokia’s Ovi Store (app store) via either Bluetooth or USB. The radios will also be able to display turn-by-turn directions from Nokia phones, providing a larger, easier-to-read display.

In March, Alpine announced a similar agreement with Nokia.

The background here is that last month, Nokia joined with the CE4A (Consumer Electronics for Automotive) group that includes 5 key auto makers and announced a specification for integrating Nokia phones in cars called the Terminal Mode spec. CE4A members Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen all support the spec and are pushing for it to become an industry standard not only for Nokia phones but other phones as well, said Clarion. The standard could apply to aftermarket radios too, Clarion added.

Under the Terminal Mode standard, head units would not need to embed navigation as it could be streamed from a phone.

Sources: Clarion, Alpine, InformationWeek, engadget

Photo: View of future dash with smartphone connection via engadget

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