RealVNC achieves Core Member status in Car Connectivity Consortium


Inventors and guardians of VNC technology formalise support for Terminal Mode standard to integrate mobile applications into the car environment.

RealVNC, inventor and provider of the original VNC® technology, has become a Core Member of the Car Connectivity Consortium, commited to creating an open and common standard for integrating mobile devices and applications into the in-car environment and delivering a seamless, safe and effortless user experience. The international Consortium is backing the Terminal Mode specification, based on VNC technology, which has been published by Nokia and CE4A (Consumer Electronics for Automotive), the automotive industry working group comprising Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen.

RealVNC’s application to join other Core Members including Delphi, Denso, Ixonos, Sony and jambi, was approved by the board of directors representing the Consortium’s Charter members: Alpine, Daimler, General Motors, Honda, HTC, Hyundai Motor Company, LG Electronics, Nokia, Panasonic, PSA, Samsung, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Terminal Mode uses VNC technology to replicate the phone’s display and to send key and touch events back. As a Core Member, RealVNC will work with the Consortium to continue to develop and promote Terminal Mode as a common connectivity technology for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and Smartphone integration and develop solutions for other use cases.

“We are delighted to be part of the Car Connectivity Consortium and add our weight and support to this important cross-industry initiative,” said Tom Blackie, Vice President Mobile of RealVNC. “While Terminal Mode utilises our original open source standard, our VNC Mobile Solution for Automotive is being adopted by many leading automotive manufacturers and major equipment suppliers, including Jaguar Land Rover, RIM, Clarion, Wipro, Cybercom, Denso, Visteon and QNX.”

VNC Mobile Solution for Automotive provides full cross-platform remote access and control of mobile devices from IVI and telematics systems. As well as supporting the current Terminal Mode standard, it also provides additional functionality and supports iPod Out, that allows an iPhone 3G/3GS/4 or iPod Touch to display the video interface on an in-vehicle head unit and to accept commands from vehicle input devices.

About VNC Mobile Solution for Automotive

VNC Mobile Solution for Automotive will automatically detect, access and control virtually any mobile device or desktop computer from a vehicle's touch-screen or fixed input devices such as steering wheel switches and head unit buttons and menus. Smartphone content such as navigation applications, traffic updates, music libraries and internet radio stations can be controlled from the vehicle infotainment system; while built-in mechanisms interlock speed and access to meet regulatory requirements and enhance safety. RealVNC automatically maintains the VNC software running on the mobile devices for all operating systems and new mobile devices to keep pace within the fast moving mobile market. It is a true cross-platform solution that supports Windows Mobile, Symbian, Blackberry, iPhone, Android, WebOS and Linux mobile devices along with a range of in-vehicle embedded operating systems including Linux, Windows XP, Automotive, CE, QNX, Qt, Android, µITRON and T-Kernel.

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About RealVNC
RealVNC’s software solutions are used by hundreds of millions of people around the world in both desktop and mobile platforms for remote access and control. The technology is used in every sector of industry, commerce, government and education. Founded by the original inventors of VNC, RealVNC is the only organisation able to offer a commercial license to embed VNC remote access capability in third-party products and offerings.

VNC is a registered trademark of RealVNC Ltd. in the US and in other countries.



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