As smartphones get smarter, the next thing automakers and mobile phone manufacturers want is in-car phone integration. For Nokia, that lies in its Terminal Mode technology that is being implemented in a number of vehicles made by Nokia’s partners—including Mercedes-Benz, which will feature Terminal Mode smartphone integration on the 2012 C-Class compact executive sedan line.
The upcoming C-Class has something called the COMAND infotainment system, which offers a full-blown internet experience through Terminal Mode. The Nokia mobile technology allows the smartphone to transmit data to the car, which means drivers and passengers have access to a lot of fun things such as surfing via the dashboard, use of Google Maps and media streaming via Bluetooth.
Nokia is touting Terminal Mode to be an industry standard across a whole range of platforms, so you won’t really need to have a Nokia smartphone to take advantage of the technology. Of course, until other platforms like Android and the popular iOS join the fray, you’ll only be able to integrate Nokia smartphones.
Terminal Mode will be available through a range of aftermarket accessories starting in 2011, while in-car systems like the one in the upcoming C-Class will be available in vehicles sometime later.