What is MirrorLink?

  • Do I need MirrorLink?
  • What cars come with it?
  • Parkers explains the tech

MirrorLink is a system that allows elements of your smartphone functionality to be controlled via the car’s infotainment screen. It can control apps such as phone, music, messages and maps natively through the car’s own controls.

How does MirrorLink work?

By plugging their smartphone into the dashboard via USB, the user can navigate through various apps and features of their handheld device via the car’s infotainment system.

It’s a lot safer than having to use a small screen while on the move, but drivers must remember that operating any smartphone functions on the move could be dangerous.

Do I need it?

If you’re a keen user of your smartphone, MirrorLink is a worthwhile piece of equipment, slickly integrating your phone’s functionality (such as sat-nav or streaming music) into the vehicle’s multimedia system.

Found on

A wide spectrum of cars such as the Vauxhall Astra, Citroen C1 and Volkswagen Scirocco. 

Similar to

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

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