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RealVNC Automotive Is this the solution weve waited for


Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 1 Mar 2012

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Mobile World Congress, Barcelona. We had an opportunity to talk with RealVNC whilst in Barcelona and to get a demo of their latest work on the VNC Automotive solution.

We've covered this product before and it continues to mature and improve. Supported smartphone platforms can connect to an in-dash touchscreen which can then view and control the phone. The benefits are obvious, a large, in-dash screen, control options such as steering wheel mounted buttons, jog dials, better sound etc.

RealVNC gave us a demo and it's fast, responsive and, impressively, it's able to stream video with no discernible lag. Apps such as navigation scale well and safety has been taken into consideration, the API that is used allows some apps to be blocked if the vehicle is in motion.

RealVNC already supports Android, Blackberry and iOS platforms and Sony have committed to including the necessary communication protocols in their Xperia smartphones.

Jaguar and Land Rover are implementing the technology but we now need more automotive manufacturers to commit to supporting it. They are notoriously slow in adopting new technology with glacial lead times between acceptance and availability.

There is everything to like with RealVNC's solution and nothing, apart from availability, to dislike. You get to choose the phone and apps you prefer with all the benefits of a factory fit product. We hope it becomes the standard.



Link: www.RealVNC.com



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Posted by MikeB on Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:27 pm Reply with quote

While we were at MWC we managed to grab a video of RealVNC being demonstrated.


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Posted by W90BHP on Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:26 am Reply with quote

Will there be an aftermarket fit version of this?


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Posted by M8TJT on Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:56 am Reply with quote

Big deal. So you get a larger screen for your smartphone. So instead of being distracted by a small screen, you can now be distracted by a large screen Shocked What else will it do?


 
Posted by MaFt on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:13 am Reply with quote

M8TJT Wrote:
Big deal. So you get a larger screen for your smartphone. So instead of being distracted by a small screen, you can now be distracted by a large screen Shocked What else will it do?


You run a SatNav app on it so you have a nice big clear view of it rather than the small 4inch screen...

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Posted by M8TJT on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:38 am Reply with quote

MaFt Wrote:
You run a SatNav app on it so you have a nice big clear view of it rather than the small 4inch screen...
How big is it then?


 
Posted by AliOnHols on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:45 am Reply with quote

M8TJT Wrote:
How big is it then?
I would have thought you could have worked that out in a blink of an eye; The diagonal of a double DIN minus 2 inches (approx.) Very Happy


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Posted by M8TJT on Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:56 am Reply with quote

What's a 'double DIN' and how big is it?


 
Posted by AliOnHols on Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:03 am Reply with quote

According to this, about 100mm x 180mm.


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Posted by M8TJT on Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:36 am Reply with quote

I can Google, but just thought that it might have been a good idea to include such details in the OP. After all, is not that what PGPSW reviews are supposed to be about, to save us Googling for stuff?


 
Posted by Darren on Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:55 am Reply with quote

This isn't a review. It's news coverage from a show. It's not meant to be an exhaustive analysis or an in-depth review.

The screen size would depend on which manufacturer takes up the option, which car it was in and a host of other variables. The unit in the pics is a demo to show the tech, nothing more.


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Posted by M8TJT on Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:15 am Reply with quote

Ah, I see


 
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