RealVNC Automotive Is this the solution weve waited for
Article by: Darren Griffin Date: 1 Mar 2012
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.