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October 15th 2015 -
NPR One for Android Gets MirrorLink® Compatibility

MirrorLink RockScout app delivers a wealth of Android audio to MirrorLink-enabled cars and smartphones

Beaverton, OR – October 15, 2015 — Starting November 7, NPR One users can take advantage of easy and ethical connectivity to their car dashboards via MirrorLink® RockScout, a simple download that makes participating Android audio apps MirrorLink-compatible. The Car Connectivity Consortium, creators of MirrorLink, made the announcement as more and more of the world’s most useful apps become available in the MirrorLink ecosystem.


“Due to its highly customizable nature, NPR One is a great way for listeners to get public radio national and international coverage and their local station’s news, as well as their favorite podcasts, wherever they are –on their phones, tablets, wearables and cars,” said Joel Sucherman, Senior Director of Digital Products at NPR. “Compatibility with MirrorLink makes NPR One driver-aware and accessible via large icons that conform to established guidelines in driver distraction. As a car connectivity standard, MirrorLink offers the added benefit of wide-scale handset and vehicle interoperability.”


RockScout leverages Media Browser Service, a standard Android API, to make Android audio apps compatible with MirrorLink. MirrorLink compatibility means apps are driver-aware and controllable via touch and rotary-knob infotainment systems. The Android application can be enabled without further development or integration, and the solution is free and open-source.


“Access to NRP One is a major turning point for the MirrorLink app ecosystem,” said Alan Ewing, President and Executive director of the CCC. “RockScout has attracted the attention of some of the world’s most iconic music and audio brands because, with zero integration, the platform extends access to millions more potential subscribers.” 


MirrorLink is the most ingenious way to bring smartphone content to the dash. Huge icons make apps easy to use and smart technology knows if the car is in Park or Drive. Designed for maximum interoperability between a wide range of smartphones and cars, MirrorLink is the only OS- and OEM-agnostic standard for car-smartphone connectivity where no single entity has a controlling stake.


To download RockScout, click here. To download NPR One for Android starting November 7, click here. For general information, please visit www.mirrorlink.com.


About the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC)

The CCC is dedicated to cross-industry collaboration in developing MirrorLink® global standards and solutions for smartphone and in-vehicle connectivity. The organization’s 100 members represent 70 percent of the world’s auto market, 70 percent of the global smartphone market and a who’s who of aftermarket consumer electronics vendors. For further information, please visit www.mirrorlink.com.


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Contact:

Katrina Estrella

Finn Partners for the CCC

katrina@finnpartners.com

(415) 692-3058