Wi-Fi has become an indispensable part of our lives. Before Wi-Fi was invented, wireless connections were conducted via infrared technologies. Users had to carry their devices with them and sit next to each other so that the data could be transferred wirelessly. With Wi-Fi, users can now transfer data wirelessly even if they are a few meters or even a hundred meters away from each other. This “wireless” experience has definitely brought convenience and fun to users worldwide.
The Evolution of Wi-Fi
The application of Wi-Fi was first established by the IEEE, which ratified the CSIRO invented Wi-Fi—802.11 as the industry’s standard Wi-Fi technology in 1999. Since then, all Wi-Fi technologies are based on the 802.11 standards, and the Wi-Fi Alliance has become the key player in promoting and solving issues related to Wi-Fi connection and interoperability. Thanks to the early established standardization, the Wi-Fi technology has advanced significantly in just 20 years and made a huge impact on our lives.
In recent years, consumer electronics (CE) products with smart features have always become the hottest topic in everywhere. Apart from the already widely-spread CE products, the automotive field has also started being part of the“smart family”. For the automotive market, the Smart Car must be more functional and user-friendly to allow advanced technology adoption, such as In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) and satellite navigation system. As the core device for in-vehicle connectivity, Smartphone plays an important role to make car ‘smart’ in the in-car environment. Thus, two different market fields – Smartphone and In-Vehicle Infotainment, must be compatible with each other. With so many different technologies and functions are added to these two product types, it becomes challenging for them to work together effectively. With the needs of two-way connection between Smartphone and in-vehicle monitor, the latest standard MirrorLink™ introduced by Car Connectivity Consortium is therefore released.
In our daily life, many different techniques are applied on countless electronic products to render its function. If those techniques are self-developed by each individual company, it is highly possible to limit the industry’s evolvement and the technique’s further advancement. To avoid the hydra-headed situation, the concept of“technology standardization”is thus given birth to universalize popular technologies in the market. The purpose of technology standardization is to formulate a usable technology to become the applicable standard for all vendors to adopt and use. Therefore it can not only make a technology to be widely adopted, but also to avoid industrial monopoly on particular technology to pursue one’s own commercial interests.