• Sep 30, 2010
Volkswagen and Nokia's Terminal Mode – Click above to watch video after the jump

Bluetooth connectivity is getting better all the time. No longer content with just connect your phone, new systems also allow you to wirelessly stream music to your car's speakers. Volkswagen is working on a system which takes the idea of pairing a phone to your car, and brings it to a whole new level. The system, called Terminal Mode, allows VW's touchscreen display to become an extension of the your smartphone – weather, GPS, music, phone and text messaging are right at your fingertips in a highly visible location.

Currently, the system is still under development and promises to get better as Volkswagen upgrades its infotainment screens. The current units use resistive touchscreens which can be slightly slower to respond compared with the capacitive units, which will make their way into VWs in the near future.

The Terminal Mode system opens up a potential Pandora's box of opportunity. Developers could build a whole slew of apps designed for use in automobiles and phones could be built with this integration in mind. There are many pluses to this concept, however this easily falls into the distracted-driving discussion. How soon before we see anti-Facebooking-while-driving laws? Hop the jump to watch video of the system in action.

[Source: Engadget]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      If you really need to access Facebook or any other (cr)app while driving then you have a serious problem....
      • 4 Years Ago
      As long as it has safegaurds built in place say like... if the car is in Drive one can't access pages like Facebook and only use car related programs like Nav, or a tuning type app.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this sounds like SYNC with a screen. The philosophy behind SYNC is to use the features of the phone to add features to the vehicle. For instance, on vehicles without a satnav, the phone's gps can be used to provide verbal turn-by-turn directions. It sounds like they are taking that a step further and using a screen to further integrate the features of the phone into the vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sync already has a screen, in the newest incarnation (MyFord Touch). However, Ford has been pushing hard to emphasize handsfree implementations of smartphone features -- so you're not staring at the screen as you are here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone know which Nokia phone that is??? Looks cool...
      Dan
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've been thinking radios need to do this for a while. I don't see it as a facebook browsing tool. I see it more along the lines of always having up to date maps from Google maps, I don't want to buy a navigation device and pay for updates when my phone is perfectly suitable for getting directions. I would also envision streaming music using your phone's data connection.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This would be awesome if I could use Google navigation through the MMI. Or use Trapster app. Or just play music.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Terminal Mode"

        Such a poor choice of system name for a vehicle. Sounds deadly dangerous to use. The word "terminal" doesn't have positive connotations.

        Disregarding the name...the system sounds really slick though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess I'm alone, this is fricking cool!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a great idea.

      Your phone is more versatile than the software in your car now, why set up both? Just let me use my phone from the dash.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a UNIX admin, I got excited when I saw 'Terminal Mode.' Then I realized that they were talking about terminal services type stuff, rather than a command line interface.

      Lame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I must be getting old. I remember when cars were used just for driving and because driving is fun.

      Heck, if you want to play with computers just stay at home.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Tim, I cannot applaud you enough! Nobody on this site seems to get that. Its not about getting old, it is what it is. I'm sure you can appreciate the Alfa 2uetto concept.
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