Sygic Confirms the Support of Wireless Connectivity for Smart Device Link (SDL)

16. 10. 2019

Soon, Sygic GPS Navigation users will be able to mirror the navigation from their smartphones to the built-in display wirelessly and benefit from various advanced features including up-to-date hybrid maps, real-time traffic data, predictive routing, speed limits, and parking advice.

Sygic, trusted by more than 200 million people globally, has become the first navigation vendor to confirm the support of the Multiple Transports feature in Smart Device Link (SDL) allowing the wireless mirroring of the smartphone to the built-in display in the car.

“Most of the current infotainment systems in cars are equipped with Wi-Fi modules that enable video streaming at high bit rates and resolutions. This type of connectivity will make it even more intuitive for drivers than by the use of cables,” said Sygic’s Vice President of the automotive unit Stefan Janciga.

In the upcoming months, Sygic will add the support of the SDL Android 4.7 and SDL Core 5.0 used in the infotainment systems in cars to its flagship products, including Sygic GPS Navigation, Sygic Car Navigation, and Sygic Truck Navigation.

According to the 2018 J. D. Power Initial Quality Study of 75,712 purchasers, a fifth of all new car owners are not satisfied with their infotainment system. While satisfaction has slightly increased in recent years, it is still not as significant as in other categories, such as the interior, engine, or exterior.

“The user experience and interface of the apps in the current infotainment systems do not meet the high standards set by the navigations on mobile phones and might differ by car model,” explained Janciga.

“The connectivity is one of the easiest ways to move the experience from mobile to the in-dash display in the car, making it safer to use across different infotainment systems,” he added.

Sygic has a long history of developing apps with SDL connectivity. The company currently provides customized navigations for the leading manufacturers of high-performance in-car info-entertainment systems Clarion Malaysia and the popular automakers Ford and Toyota.

To learn more about how Sygic has worked with Clarion Malaysia to achieve a mobile app-like experience in the infotainment systems, read the recent case study.