Nokia unveils “Car Mode” navigation tool

Nokia has unveiled new application, the Nokia Car Mode which is a standalone application optimized for in-car use via Nokia smartphones.

Nokia Car Mode features an optimized user interface simplifying the access and use of Nokia Drive (voice-guided car navigation with Nokia Maps), traffic updates, music and voice calls while driving.

The new app, built with Qt, is available for download from Nokia’s Ovi Store for Nokia smartphones based on Symbian Belle, including the recently launched Nokia 600, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 – as well as the Nokia N9.

The Nokia Car Mode is touted as being the first commercially available solution supporting MirrorLink (formerly known as Terminal Mode) a standard smartphone-to-car connectivity platform driven by over 20 major global brands from across different industries within the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC).

With MirrorLink, smartphones can be connected to in-car displays, car controls systems, and car audio systems, thereby enabling users to control their smartphones via the car dashboard, as if the device and its apps were integrated into the car itself.

“Through MirrorLink, user

The Nokia 600, one of the models which supports the Nokia Car Mode

s have comfortable and safe access to maps, music and telephony on their phones when they’re in their cars even while driving. In the future, MirrorLink will enable plenty of other popular features since we’re only at the beginning of what we can do by linking smart devices with vehicles. We expect developers to come up with innovative new applications optimised for use in cars,” said Floris van de Klashorst, director of automotive services at Nokia Location and Commerce business in a release.