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VW Passat: Hacked to demonstrate Nokia’s Terminal Mode

VW Passat, Nokia Terminal Mode

A VW Passat has been hacked to demonstrate and explain Nokia’s Terminal Mode. Cool? Please make your own mind. We wouldn’t hook up any Nokia phone to our beloved car, no matter what. Click on the source above to see the video.

We’ve seen flashy concepts of what Nokia’s seamless cellular infotainment initiative might look like, but it took a pair of Germans from Volkswagen to give us our first glimpse of Terminal Mode in action. At MobileBeat 2010, engineers showed off the video after the break, which shows how a prototype VW Passat might be rigged — in this case duplicating the phone’s display in its entirety (plus additional controls) on the auto’s larger touchscreen. Sadly, VW said the tech’s still a couple years away from commercial integration into vehicles, though they expect to see third parties selling Terminal Mode add-on kits and the like a bit sooner.