Your Car Is Not a Cell Phone
In-vehicle connectivity is getting more attention as apps developers and operators look for more screens and Long Term Evolution (LTE) to make the connection possible. It's attracting the interest of car makers too.
Today, 11 companies teamed up to launch the Car Connectivity Consortium to innovate on in-vehicle connectivity based on the Terminal Mode standard that reflects a phone's interface on a car system. The group is made up of six major car makers and a group of consumer electronics vendors that includes LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) , Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Samsung Corp. (See Car Connectivity Consortium Starts Up.)
LR Mobile has also seen several demos from wireless operators like SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) touting the potential for apps, movies and games as well, so the interest is widespread.
In-vehicle entertainment is a tricky concept that should be handled carefully. Unfortunately for the personal navigation device (PND) industry, mobile phones -- and even more so, tablets -- make a pretty slick replacement device. But that's for functionality that serves a utility purpose.
In my opinion, new bells and whistles in the car should really only be for utility purposes, not entertainment. Replicating the smartphone in-vehicle is definitely an interesting proposition, but it can't compromise safety. I think the companies involved get this, but the entertainment demos keep popping up.
Granted, I once crashed my SUV into my house when I mixed up the gas and brake pedal, so my driving skills may be worse than average. Even so, adding more distractions to the car just seems like a bad idea for everyone.
— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile