Sony has become the most recent in a rather long list of companies to join the Car Connectivity Consortium, a group of phone and car companies working together to connect phones to cars. Formed back in March, the CCC already boasts some pretty big-name companies, including Nokia, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Alpine, Daimler, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, and Volkswagen.
These companies are jointly developing and promoting a new system to display smartphone applications on the dashboard of the car, using a USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi connection. In other words, the car’s dashboard will work as a portal to the phone, potentially eliminating risky behavior while driving.
The new system is expected to feature different gestures and controls, such as touchscreen taps and steering wheel buttons, that relay commands back to the smartphone. The first commercial CCC products aren’t expected until later this year.