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No more cables to connect your phone to the car’s infotainment system, as Skoda will fit its models with wireless technology.

The Czech brand presented at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona a new way of linking smartphones with car’s infotainment system. The feature is an update of Skoda’s SmartLink package, which currently allows the connection to be made only by cable. Dubbed Wireless MirrorLink, the technology has been developed by the automaker in cooperation with TechniSat and RealVNC to allow sending data via Wi-Fi. Therefore, MirrorLink can turn your smartphone into a media server, transferring stored music and a range of approved apps to the touch screen, including Internet services, such as web radio, weather, audiobooks, navigation and parking information. The driver can access the apps via the touch screen, and the on-board audio system manages the sound output. Skoda custom-designed MirrorLink apps, including MFA Pro and Drive are also available

MirrorLink is the second tech feature that Skoda has announced within a week, after the company recently said that from April 2016 customers buying a Superb or Octavia would be able to opt for a wireless charging for compatible smartphones, as an upgrade over the current Phonebox feature. Through this tech, the current flows wirelessly from a coil in the bottom of the Phonebox to a receiver coil in the phone. Data is also transferred between the transmitter and receiver to ensure optimum energy transfer, while the mobile phone remains fully operational during charging.

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