PLDS building demo with RealVNC’s MirrorLink 1.1 Automotive technology

On 16 Oct 2014, 12:35 p.m.

PLDS demonstrates collaboration with RealVNC’s technology at Automechanika, Frankfurt

RealVNC®, the provider of VNC® remote access software, and PLDS, one of the world’s leading companies for automotive infotainment, today announced that they have teamed up to bring RealVNC’s MirrorLink Certified™ 1.1 technology, VNC Automotive, to PLDS’s smartphone integration solution.

PLDS was demonstrating the technology at Automechanika in Frankfurt from 16th-20th September. Along with its wireless charging ability the unit showed the seamless integration of the smartphone into the car’s infotainment units. Once you place the smartphone on a predefined area in the car NFC communication starts to enable engine start as well as Bluetooth® pairing. In addition to that, VNC Automotive is started via NFC to mirror the smartphone display in the head unit. That makes the phone usage in the car completely wireless.

VNC Automotive delivers video frame rates with negligible latency to the front screen whilst showing multiple simultaneous videos streaming to several rear seat entertainment screens. It enables a phone application such as navigation maps to be accessible from the front screen of the vehicle, whilst at the same time, from the same phone, streaming content such as different videos and games to multiple screens in the rear.

The technology also allows for multiple mobile devices to connect to the vehicle at the same time and stream content so any passengers in the car will also be able to access their phone content, including videos and music. This gives automotive manufacturers the best flexibility to tailor their offering in a unique way.

“PLDS has been working on the truly wireless solutions for some time now and is very excited about the possibilities that new software provides,” said Stefan Graf, CTO and Director Marketing at PLDS Germany GmbH. “We will continue our long lasting and successful relationship with RealVNC to create the ultimate user experience in the vehicle”.

“We have a long standing relationship with PLDS and are delighted to be working with them to deliver new capabilities,” said Tom Blackie, Vice President Mobile of RealVNC. “Many of the world’s largest automotive manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers and mobile phone vendors are choosing our advanced VNC technology to deliver commercial MirrorLink Certified production programs.”

About PLDS

PLDS – Philips & LiteOn Digital Solutions – is one of the world’s leading companies in automotive infotainment. Known as Philips APM thanks to its successful production of cassette, CD and DVD drives, the company has now implemented a change of direction in automotive technology. The development and production of head-up displays and parking assistance systems are as much part of the product portfolio as stations for the wireless charging of mobile phones as well as NFC applications (Near Field Communication) in vehicles. The full integration of mobile phones into the vehicle environment also includes the transfer of the telephone display to the screen of the radio-navigation device as well as the wireless connection of an external antenna for the best possible GPS and mobile phone signal. Both create the conditions for the use of mobile phone navigation or the transmission of films to entertain children on the back seat.

PLDS offers many years of project experience in the automotive industry as well as an excellent development center in Wetzlar, Germany, including a technical laboratory for extensive testing in the automotive sector and for other applications. Always aiming to meet the needs of the market, PLDS develops product innovations and has been a reliable partner for all major vehicle manufacturers for decades. The Wetzlar site guarantees excellent quality and expertise in mechanics and optics as well as software and hardware development.

About RealVNC

RealVNC’s software is used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide; in over 1 Billion devices; in every sector of industry, government and education. RealVNC is a core member of the Car Connectivity Consortium supporting the MirrorLink specification, which uses VNC.

VNC Automotive underpins many of the commercial MirrorLink™ Certified products and has been available in production with automotive OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and phone vendors for over two years.

Founded by the original inventors of VNC, RealVNC is the only organization able to offer a commercial license to embed VNC in third-party products and offerings.

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MirrorLink Certified™, MirrorLink™ and the MirrorLink™ Logo are certification marks and trademarks of the Car Connectivity Consortium LLC. Unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.

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