A partnership has been announced between VNC Automotive and JVCKenwood that is intended to provide a full smartphone and mobile device mirroring solution for vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket.
The partnership sees the two companies working to integrate VNC Automotive’s Cobalt Link+ technology into head units, with functionality optimized for Southeast Asia; its results have already been adopted by a major Japanese vehicle manufacturer to replace its legacy system.
“This is an exciting opportunity to continue our close working relationship with JVCKenwood, aiming to advance the integration of VNC Automotive’s proven mirroring technology and demonstrating its potential to transform the driver and passenger experience in a rapidly evolving and fiercely competitive market,” says Tom Blackie, VNC Automotive CEO.
“This tie-up enables the in-car entertainment experience to reflect the consumer demands of 2021 – enabling the flexibility to work, watch video content or play the latest games in an immersive environment. We are delighted to announce this partnership and to have been working so closely with JVCKenwood integrating the two companies’ technologies for a number of years, resulting in an already widely adopted solution.”
The solution developed by the partnership is said to overcome compatibility challenges posed in the Southeast Asia market, by enabling full screen mirroring for all platforms, including Android and iPhone. Rapid proof of concept and full market-ready integration was apparently achieved in less than three weeks, with a VNC Automotive engineer working at the JVCKenwood facility and closely with its own team in Japan.
“VNC Automotive was selected due to the integrity of its technology, which has been demonstrated by the co-development of a best-in-class solution built on proven tech – it really works!” said Shigeo Tohira, senior manager, Software Engineering Department at JVCKenwood.
“OE integration of effective mirroring technology futureproofs a car interior. It provides manufacturers with a cost-effective method of ensuring that in-car tech and ergonomics maintain a latest-generation feel. We have enjoyed working closely with VNC Automotive’s specialists over the last two years and look forward to the further rollout of our solution as a trusted Tier 1 supplier and innovator for the aftermarket.”