Author's Note: How MirrorLink Works
One of the biggest challenges for a car reviewer these days is to differentiate all the vehicles we drive in a year. They're all pretty great anymore, and they're built to last more than cars ever were before. The scale pretty much goes from "good" to "great."
In-car electronics, though, are easy to compare, and they make a huge difference to consumers and journalists. The tricky part is knowing who the target audience for a car might be. Putting something like MirrorLink in a car your grandparents are going to buy will terrify them. Putting it in a car I might want to buy is a terrific idea. I love LCD screens. The more my car interior looks like the USS Enterprise, the happier I am.
There are in-dash displays that grow leaves, and LCD screens in the center console as big as the TV my family had when I was a tiny tot. The danger is in the distraction, but once we get those self-piloting cars online, we'll be golden. Welcome to the 21st century. It is awesome.
- Branscombe, Mary. "Use your phone to control your car using MirrorLink." TechRadar. Aug. 1, 2012. (Dec. 27, 2012) http://www.techradar.com/us/news/car-tech/use-your-phone-to-control-your-car-using-mirrorlink-1090628
- Howard, Bill. "MirrorLink phone-to-dashboard screen mirroring gets rolling with 2 Sony car radios." ExtremeTech. Aug. 15, 2012. (Dec. 27, 2012) http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/134400-mirrorlink-phone-to-dashboard-connector-gets-rolling-with-2-sony-car-radios
- MirrorLink.com. "Technology." (Dec. 27, 2012) http://www.mirrorlink.com/technology.html
- Personal interview (e-mail) with Car Connectivity Consortium engineers, via PR agency Finn Partners. Interview conducted on Jan. 7, 2013.