Clarion has teamed up with Nokia to develop a new infotainment system which will work seamlessly with smartphones.

Clarion has teamed up with Nokia to develop a new infotainment system which will work seamlessly with smartphones.

Dubbed Terminal Mode, the infotainment system will feature a smartphone interface and downloadable applications via Nokia's Ovi Store.

According to Clarion's president Tatsuhiko Izumi, "By integrating the Terminal Mode technology into in-car information systems such as car navigation developed by Clarion, we will be able to bring to customers the vast array of applications and services available to smartphones on in-car devices." He added, "Through a stronger collaboration with Nokia and NAVTEQ, which supplies map information for our car navigation systems in overseas markets, it will be possible to utilize smartphone functions and services for in-car information system functions and support services such as intelligent transport systems (ITS), advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and navigation coordination."

In essence, we can expect Terminal Mode to deliver real-time traffic information, limited internet access, and streamlined phone connectivity via Bluetooth.

No word on when we can expect production equipment, but Clarion says the infotainment system will be targeted at buyers in Europe, North America, and China.

Nokia and Clarion working on next-generation smartphone integrated infotainment car systems