RealVNC® partners with Cellcontrol to enhance the safe integration of mobile technologies with automotive infotainment systems
Cambridge, UK and Baton Rouge, USA - RealVNC®, the original developer and leading provider of VNC® remote access and control software, has announced a partnership with Cellcontrol, a developer of technologies to prevent distracted driving, to further enhance the safe integration of mobile devices with automotive infotainment systems. The aim is to improve operational safety and usability by restricting applications that can be accessed on the move, while also making it easy to set-up and customize mobile communications policies and permit fast and simple in-cabin navigation between allowed applications.
The solution is based on RealVNC’s VNC® Mobile Solution for Automotive which supports Terminal Mode, a specification based on VNC published by Consumer Electronics for Automotive (CE4A), an automotive industry working group comprising Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen and Nokia. The specification proposes an industry standard for the seamless integration of mobile devices and applications with vehicle infotainment systems. The open-architecture Cellcontrol technology integrates seamlessly with VNC® Mobile Solution for Automotive to provide a critical management, access and control layer.
The combined solution will reduce the risk of driver distraction related to active screen replication of connected mobile devices. The core Cellcontrol technology was developed to restrict the use of mobile devices once a vehicle begins to move; this technology application extends that control capability to a Terminal Mode deployment using a mobile phone, smartphone, laptop or other handheld device. “Bringing together RealVNC’s leading remote access and control software for automotive applications with our advanced, customizable application control technology will enhance the user experience while also improving safety,” said Chuck Cox, CEO at Cellcontrol.
“Driver safety is paramount and by working with Cellcontrol, our customers can now benefit from an effective solution that addresses social and regulatory concerns related to driving while distracted but still enjoy the real benefits and productivity associated with VNC-enabled automotive platforms,” said Tom Blackie Vice President Mobile, RealVNC.
Cellcontrol is an emerging technology company focused on the problem of distracted driving caused by in-motion usage of cellular phones and other mobile devices, such as laptops, handhelds and tablets. Instead of using GPS to determine vehicle movement, a technology approach with several weaknesses, Cellcontrol directly integrates with the vehicle’s onboard diagnostics computer to determine motion and implement policy. Find out more at www.cellcontrol.com.
RealVNC’s software solutions are used by hundreds of millions of people in both desktop and mobile platforms for remote access and control. VNC® is used widely in hundreds of different applications, from helpdesks to virtualization. RealVNC’s commercial products have been shipped to customers in all sectors throughout the world.
RealVNC also works with many OEM partners to license VNC technology for inclusion in their product or service and is the only organization able to offer a commercial license to embed VNC in third-party products and offerings.