Today, the average smartphone is more powerful than the average embedded infotainment systems. And a system called Terminal Mode has been gaining in popularity in the automotive and mobile industries as the way to tap the power in your pocket.
Terminal Mode is largely based on VNC, the software that enables you to remotely control computer desktops; it allows programs and interfaces to be replicated on other screens. With some tweaking on the back end, that means your in-car navigation screen could become a modified, interactive version of your personal phone, as long as the phone and the vehicle are Terminal Mode–capable. The car and tech companies imagine a synched approach, where touching your car’s built-in screen can manipulate your phone’s apps. Then, when you disconnect the phone, the car’s normal operating system would take over.
In a way it makes sense since most of us have music and such on our smartphones. This could also be a major cost savings/cutting method for car makers; Just make a dock for your smart phone rather than an overly complicated setup like we have in today’s cars. Voice command could also be included.