QNX Software Systems has joined the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), boosting the alliance's efforts to establish standards for smartphone-based connected vehicles.

The goal of CCC, which counts among its members many of the world's major carmakers, automotive suppliers and consumer electronics and mobile phone firms, is to boost innovation and standardization of car connectivity solutions using smartphones.

To achieve this goal, it has developed the so-called MirrorLink standard for smartphone-based in-vehicle connectivity. MirrorLink, which used to be known as Terminal Mode, has been adopted as the standard across various industries.

QNX, a subsidiary of Canadian smartphone maker Research in Motion, already is a supplier of in-car software platforms. The company said in a press release it will help further develop the MirrorLink standard.

QNX said CCC will help give automotive customers more choice and flexibility to choose the technologies they want in the car. "MirrorLink is a leading standard for the automotive industry and we are excited to contribute to the CCC and drive the standard forward,” Andy Gryc, automotive product marketing manager at QNX, said in a press statement.

MirrorLink offers seamless connectivity between a smartphone and a car's infotainment system. Once a phone is connected, a driver gets immediate access to phone applications through, for example, a navigation screen or steering-wheel buttons. The standard is based on common protocols such as IP, Bluetooth and USB.