Originally Posted by dragonpalm
Is this where in vehicle technology is headed? Instead of manufactures designing better systems, they would integrate your advanced cell phone and use its features through the car. People would have to buy certain phones that are integrated with certain cars. If that's the case, I hope they still implement larger touch screens that emulate the phone so that you don't need to squint to see. I wouldn't mind buying a certain phone if I knew it had 100% integration with my car.
I really hope this is where things are headed. Most smart phones already have everything one needs for navigation, entertainment, and making phone calls. All the vehicle needs to provide is a way to amplify sound, display the data, and control the phone; and ideally it would work with multiple makes and models not just a select few like MirrorLink.
Access to car statistics can be done with a bluetooth ODB2 dongle. It's pretty cool seeing the Torque App running on the MFT display.
I built such a solution and am able to use the MFT display for my phone. All I need now is a Lockpick to keep the screen on while the car is in motion and it's all set. Navigation and traffic reporting courtesy of Google Maps for free.
Unfortunately I have a remodel project going on at home and the taxman wasn't nice to me this year so a Lockpick isn't in the budget yet. I should be able to pick one up this Summer and then I'll post up a YouTube video.